Ohio Remembers Hero, Legend Neil Armstrong


Official portrait of Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon.

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CLEVELAND -- The family of Neil Armstrong announced on Saturday that their loved one had died due to complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.

The first man to walk on the moon was not only born in Ohio, but also started his career and inspired young minds here.

His passing was felt deep in the hearts of those living in the Buckeye state and all over the world.

House Speaker John Boehner, from Ohio, said, “A true hero has returned to the Heavens to which he once flew. Neil Armstrong blazed trails not just for America, but for all of mankind. He inspired generations of boys and girls worldwide not just through his monumental feat, but with the humility and grace with which he carried himself to the end.”

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) recently met Armstrong in Washington, D.C. at a celebration for John Glenn.

“Neil’s voyage to the moon carried the hopes of a nation and reminded the world for all time that in America nothing is impossible,” said Kucinich.

Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio in 1930.

Twenty-five years later he joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics and his first assignment was with the NACA Lewis Research Center (now NASA Glenn) in Cleveland.

From 1971-1979 he was a Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati.

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“Neil was among the greatest of American heroes — not just of his time, but of all time,” said President Barack Obama. “When he and his fellow crew members lifted off aboard Apollo 11 in 1969, they carried with them the aspirations of an entire nation. They set out to show the world that the American spirit can see beyond what seems unimaginable — that with enough drive and ingenuity, anything is possible.”

Armstrong's family told the world, "For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink."

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The Great Lakes Science Center also acknowledged Armstrong's contributions.

“He’s an extremely important patriot," said Amanda Whitener, the Director of Visitor and School Engagement at GLSC. "If you think back to the first men who signed up to be a part of the space missions, they didn’t know what was gonna happen to them. They were explorers, like the first explorers to the new world. They knew that the consequences could be grave but they knew that the payoff could be huge, and they signed up. They did it for their country, they did it for science, they did it because they loved doing new things and they were the pioneers of space.”

Glenn Research Center Director Ray Lugo expressed his condolences:

“Our condolences reach out to his wife Carol and surround the entire Armstrong family. The loss of Neil is felt by the entire NASA community and especially by his Ohio-based NASA family at the Glenn Research Center. Neil remains a national treasure; a pioneering astronaut, test pilot, aerospace engineer and professor; the first man to set foot on the moon. He has helped turn the complexities, challenges and stumbling blocks of space exploration into stepping stones that others have followed and a brilliant trail for the future explorers. His legacy will inspire those who will follow in his footsteps to Dream Big.”

Armstrong was 82 when he died.

(CNN contributed to this report)

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