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America says farewell to Neil Armstrong: The Church of England Newspaper, September 23, 2012 p 7. September 24, 2012

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The Space Window at Washington’s National Cathedral

America honored the first man to walk on the moon this week, with a memorial service for Neil Armstrong at Washington’s National Cathedral on 13 Sept 2012.

Neil Armstrong “embodied all that is good and all that is great about America,” said Apollo 17 mission commander and last man to walk on the moon, Eugene Cernan. He “can now finally put out [his] hand and touch the face of God,” Cernan told the cathedral congregation during the service.

Armstrong, who died on 25 August 2012 following heart surgery, was buried at sea on 14 Sept. On 29 July 1969, Armstrong and co-pilot Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin of Apollo 11 landed on the southwestern shore of the Sea of Tranquility, becoming the first men to walk on the moon.

Michael Collins who remained in lunar orbit on Apollo 11 while Armstrong and Aldrin were on the moon, led prayers during the service with the Bishop of Washington Mariann Budde presiding. He thanked God “for your servant Neil Armstrong, who with courage and humility first set foot upon the moon. Following his example, save us from arrogance, lest we forget that our achievements are grounded in you; and by the grace of your Holy Spirit, protect our travels beyond the reaches of the earth, that we may glory ever more in the wonder of your creation.”

First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.

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