by Dan Lucas
Thirty four years ago while I was stationed in West Berlin in the late 1970s, I took leave and spent some time at a small inn in Germany’s Harz Mountains. At breakfast the first morning, the innkeeper, a German woman in her 70’s or 80’s, recognized from my terrible German that I was an American.
She excitedly left and came back with a diary, and she read out loud to the entire room from her July 20, 1969 entry: “Today, a man walked on the moon. He was an American.” She almost started crying while she was reading – she was as proud as if her own son had walked on the moon.
Today is the funeral for Neil Armstrong, the man who walked on the moon on July 20, 1969. He was a great man who became a hero not only for Americans, but for people all over the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.