Saturday, August 25, 2012

TheEagle has landed..

Neil Armstrong died today. He was 82 years old, but in my mind he will always be that clean cut, all-American young man who did something that was completely unbelievable, and then lived out his life in anonynmity.  I will never forget that wonderous day July 20th, 1969 when we all sat and watched a very brave man who exhibited vision and bravery, step out of the safety of a capsule, and walk on the moon. His words will never be forgotten. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Who among us to witness that moment can ever forget it?

It was his destiny. We all have our destiny-some are destined for greatness, some for quiet lives . His was one of a kind. And then he went home and lived a quiet life of quality and giving to others. In spite of the reports he had trouble handling the after effects, who among us wouldn't have some adjustments to that? Buzz Aldrin did the fame circuit, Neil Armstrong went on with his life, being an engineer, a educator and a farmer. A remarkable man in what some would call an unremarkable life. Maybe we should call him a true American. This surely, is what we are made of. This is a true American, not the rappers and the actors and the politicians....but the builders of dreams, the purveyors of vision, the demonstrators of bravery. Dreams are not built on money, dreams are built on accomplishments, achievements, hard work and effort.

So RIP Mr. Armstrong, you lived the good life, and left us with the dreams and the vision, and the wonderful memories, and a great quote.
So long, The Eagle has landed...