Word reached us yesterday of the death of Neil Armstrong, the first of twelve men to set foot on the moon.
He was never boastful about the role he would play in history. One commentator I heard today mentioned that he got the honor because NASA knew he would wear it well.
In their statement, his family left the following message.
For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.My four-year-old had been talking about stars and space all weekend, so this evening we went outside with a pair of binoculars to do some stargazing. We looked at the moon. We could see the shadows on the craters at its lit edge. I talked to him about space travel and astronauts and going to the moon, and a little bit about Neil.
And I winked.