Requiem for a Hero


Many of you know that I’m a proud alumni of Purdue University, as well as a proud American, so it saddens me to say that I’ve lost a brother Alumni (as well as a fellow baritone player in the All American Marching Band) and we’ve lost a great American today. This one

If you’re my age, you remember that day, 20 July 1969, the world: north to south; east to west was watching American Exceptionalism in action, and so to this day, there is one flag flying on the moon, the Stars and Stripes.

Here’s the dedication of Armstrong Hall, where many of our astronaut alumni returned to the “Cradle of Astronauts”.

And since we’re talking about firsts here, here is the finest band in the land, in another first, on the Great Wall of China, playing a tune Neil Armstrong, AE 55, and I, and many others know well:

Requiescat in Pace

His family has asked us to think of him as we look at the moon, tonight.


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23 Responses to Requiem for a Hero

  1. R.I.P.

    … The event is also dedicated to the memory of the astronauts who perished in the Challenger tragedy. One of them, Ron McNair, astronaut and saxophonist, should have interpreted “Ron’s Piece” in space (a title specially composed for him – it was to have become the first musical piece played and recorded in space.) …


    • Sure, we lost a lot of great people in our space program including the crew of Apollo 1

  2. Beautiful post.

    • Thank you.

  3. I’m glad you did this post. It’s been a long time since we have had heroes of his ilk and about time we reclaim them for posterity.

    • It surely is, a quiet, unassuming man who always claimed that he was just doing his job. A very great hero for us all.

      • For Honor, God and Country.

        • Precisely.

  4. JessicaHof says:

    A true American hero – as I looked at the moon tonight, I said a prayer for him.

    • As many of us will as well, what a great request from the family.

      • JessicaHof says:

        Indeed. The TV here is making a big thing of it, I am pleased to say.

        • I’m glad, as well. In truth, while we did it, it really was a triumph of humankind, like Prince Henry’s navigators, and Columbus, Henry Hudson and the rest.

        • JessicaHof says:

          It was a triumph of what is best in the human spirit – and good to be reminded of it. :) xx

        • That is very true, and so it is. :-) xx

        • JessicaHof says:

          :) good night my dear friend xx

        • :-) Good night, dear friend, sleep well. xx

        • JessicaHof says:


        • :-)

  5. giliar says:

    Absolutely a true American hero and icon! NEO, I feel a close connection to Armstrong as well. He was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, and lived the final days of his life on a farm in Ohio. He was the kind of hero we don’t see much of anymore….someone who shied away from the limelight and wanted to live a simple life. He just felt he was doing his duty. God bless him!

    • I know Gilia, in fact I mentioned it in the comments, I just didn’t remember when I was writing the post that he was from Wapakoneta.

      We see far too few of them anymore, he always said he was just doing his job. Well that’s true but doing it perfectly, and quietly, and when he was done, he went to teach the young ones and then back to the farm, and I’d bet he was a great neighbor, too. strangely if he hadn’t been recalled to the Navy he would (I think) have been a classmate of my brother-in-law’s.

      We ever run out of those salt of the earth midwesterners we’re in big trouble.

      God Bless him, indeed!

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