Ohio born astronaut, Neil Armstrong, gave the world the one thing we all came to use as an analogy to inspire others. Ironically, he was one of the few, and the first one who could ever say, "hey, I did it."
He died today at the age of 82.
As we debate the roll of heroes in our line of vision: the ones who stop trying to fight those that would discredit their sportsmanship and cancer come-backs, those who might fail to reach the Florida keys after 60 hours in the water with Jellyfish stings, those that bring home medals from the Summer games, the ones who almost did...there is one man - who truly stood above it all, on Moon rock and sand and gave us everything we dreamed: The chance to reach the Moon, the stars, the chance to see Earth as a marble blue ball.
He was kid from Ohio who had dreams of being suspended in the air and holding his breath. He learned how to fly before he learned how to drive. And even before he became an astronaut, he flew 78 dangerous missions over Korea during the war. He was the heart of America. He was the hope of a nation to not just beat the bad guys in combat, but in a race "to infinity and beyond."
Neil Armstrong was one of a kind. And because of him, we'll always be able to say that reaching the Moon is possible. Thank you, sir.