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Neil Armstrong's Remarks at the Congressional Gold Medal July 21, 2009

27 Jul 2009, 18:16 UTC
Neil Armstrong's Remarks at the Congressional Gold Medal July 21, 2009
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Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, isn't known for his public speaking. In fact, we usually hear from second man on the moon, crew mate Buzz Aldrin who is most at home promoting space behind the microphone.

On July 21st however, it was Armstrong's turn to talk about the first men in space and NASA's astounding achievement to get man to the moon by 1969. It was an emotional speech for Armstrong as he saluted all the pioneering astronauts before Apollo 11's historic day on July 20th, 1969.

"We were the final leg of a relay race. And so we, the final leg, get the medals. But in all honesty, every one of those previous relay participants deserves it as well, or more, than the three of us. And so, I just want to say that, in my heart, it's your medal you guys. Thanks a lot." -- Neil Armstrong

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