Neil Armstrong died on 25 August 2012. He landed on the moon with Buzz Aldrin on 19 July 1969, and made the first moonwalk on 20 July 1969. Neil Armstrong was an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Wapakoneta, in District 6600, Ohio USA.
Statement from the family of Neil Armstrong on his death
Neil Armstrong was our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Neil was also a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job.
He served his nation proudly as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot and astronaut.
He also found success back home in his native Ohio in business and academia and became a community leader in Cincinnati.
He remained an advocate of aviation and exploration throughout his life and never lost his boyhood wonder of these pursuits.
As much as Neil cherished his privacy, he always appreciated the expressions of goodwill from people around the world and from all walks of live. While we mourn the loss of a very good man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young people around the world:
- To work hard and make their dreams come true;
- To be willing to explore and push the limits;
- To selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves.
For those who ask what can they do to honour Neil, we have a simple request:
Honour 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!