His hometown of Wapakoneta has said goodbye, but on Thursday, it was the nation's turn to pay their respects to the first man to walk on the moon.
A memorial service was held on Thursday at Washington's National Cathedral for Neil Armstrong, who died last month at the age of 82. The National Cathedral was packed with leaders, fellow pioneers of space, and the general public, many who saw Neil Armstrong as a hero. There was music, no song more appropriate than "Fly Me to the Moon".
President Kennedy's speech of 50 years ago about space exploration was played. A speech that lit a fire in Neil Armstrong, a reluctant hero, a private midwestern fellow. Armstrong never sought out the limelight, but at this service as many people remembered him as a military pilot and astronaut.
Others could not hold back the accolades that Armstrong shied away from, but they also remembered him as friend. Armstrong's wish was to be buried at sea, and like he was in life, that has also been kept private.