Wapak prepares for final good bye to Neil Armstrong
By Jeff Fitzgerald, Senior Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
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.
But 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
There are few events in our lives that are so momentous, that we remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when they happened. Armstrong's moon walk is certainly one of those events. We caught up with a few people reminiscing about that day.
If you can't make it out, you can watch as we stream it live on www.hometownstations.com