His is an achievement that shall never be surpassed; it was he who first set foot upon a world not of our own. We may reach goals and achieve outcomes beyond our moon, but the courage of those who left our earth for another, when nobody had ever done so before, shall never be forgotten. It is the actions of those who triumph that make heroes; it is not of those who forever seek greatness, but those who set out to do their job, to achieve something for the benefit of all, and not themselves, that makes the hero.
Our world is now absent of the first man on the moon, the first man to have ever left the great oasis in that great infinite expanse of the universe, boldly going where no man has gone before. Other men, such as Buzz Aldrin, may have been more popular, more charismatic, and more stylish than Armstrong, but I believe that it was for this humble, quiet man, the greatest gift to our world that he be the first to set foot upon the moon - the words he said forever capture the imaginations of those who may have forever dreamed of doing what he did, and he did so as a man with great gumption, but little ego. There live now only eight men who have seen the earth rise on a desolate horizon, and who have gone farther from the earth than any others. His achievements are great, and what he did for his country, and for those who dream, shall never be forgotten.
He chose not to be the first man upon the moon, he didn't seek the immortal glory, but he planted the flag of the nation he loved upon our moon, himself defeating the oppressor of the world, by placing the sign of freedom on the jewel of teh night sky. May he forever rest in peace in the glory of the heavens, and may God bless his journey, and his pride never be forgotten.
(This post is © 2012 Peter J. Carlson, All Rights Reserved)
_________________© 2011 Peter J. Carlson, All Rights Reserved"O! for a horse with wings!" -William Shakespeare