A memorial service is being held in Wapakoneta tonight, to honor Neil Armstrong, who died this past weekend at the age of 82. Jeff Fitzgerald is live at the Armstrong Air and Space Museum, just hours before his hometown honor their hero.
He's been called an American Hero, a Pioneer, a Patriot and just your everyday guy who loved his country. A memorial service will begin in just a couple of hours here at the museum honoring Armstrong.
First we remember what made Armstrong reluctantly famous. No one knew a little boy born in Wapakoneta Ohio would, in his late 30's thrust himself and his hometown into the world's spotlight.
WIMA-TV, which would later become WLIO TV, and now your Hometown Lima Stations, threw out all the technical know-how and equipment it had to cover Armstrong's homecoming. Armstrong would address a large crowd at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.
Armstrong was not much for the spotlight, rarely seen with cameras flashing, but one thing he found out on that trip to the moon. There is a universe to explore and that goal should never be abandoned.
What does Neil Armstrong leave us with? There are many things, but one space analysts says the lunar landing was the greatest event of the 20th century, that from a humble, Midwestern, rural man from Wapakoneta, Ohio.