The world just got a little darker today, with the passing of an American icon and hero. Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died today at age 82.
Many years ago, on July 20th, 1969, it was his voice that echoed out across television sets and radios all over the planet Earth saying, “That’s one small step for man…one giant leap for mankind.”
It’s a sad day. I wasn’t born yet when this great man made history with his famous moon walk, but I will always remember the sense of awe he inspired in me when I learned about the feat and was able to watch the footage many years later. R.I.P. and Godspeed, Mr. Armstrong. Thank you for being brave enough to inspire generations of humans to reach beyond this “mortal coil” and test the limits of our dreams.
by John G. Magee, Jr.
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air….
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
– Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.