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posted 04-26-2005 06:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 072069   Click Here to Email 072069     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone have any info on Neil Armstrong's appearance at the National Park on Memorial Day? I would love to get the chance to shake his hand.

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posted 04-26-2005 06:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think that after a Memorial Day Parade he will be speaking at the Cemetary at 3 pm.

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posted 04-27-2005 07:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for John K. Rochester   Click Here to Email John K. Rochester     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I cant get any info from the website.. but regardless, I'll be there.

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posted 04-27-2005 11:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glint   Click Here to Email Glint     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by John K. Rochester:
I cant get any info from the website.. but regardless, I'll be there.
Same here. And it's just up the road.

Hopefully Armstrong's appearance won't attract as big a crowd as the day they toppled the observation tower back in 2000. I wasn't there that day but the family went and reported traffic backed up for miles in every direction because there were so many people jockeying for position to witness that event.

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posted 05-02-2005 09:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glint   Click Here to Email Glint     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here are some more details:
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Former Astronaut Neil Armstrong will be the featured speaker for Memorial Day services in the Soldiers National Cemetery at Gettysburg. Services traditonally follow the Memorial Day parade through Gettysburg, beginning at 1 PM.

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posted 05-27-2005 06:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mensax   Click Here to Email mensax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anybody have any further details on this event?

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posted 05-27-2005 07:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for WAWalsh   Click Here to Email WAWalsh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I did confirm with the National Park on Wednesday that Neil Armstrong is still going to appear. Everything is A-OK at that time. I plan to be there on Monday, with spouse and four kids.

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posted 05-28-2005 10:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glint   Click Here to Email Glint     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by mensax:
Does anybody have any further details on this event?
I called the park to check on times again. Today they said that the parade begins at 2 pm an the memorial service starts at 3 pm.

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posted 05-30-2005 07:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glint   Click Here to Email Glint     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Neil Armstrong gave a moving speech, choked up at the end, but managed to finish. Seated directly in front of him in the VIP section were a number of disabled and wounded OIF veterans.

Also had the chance to meet a couple of fellow cSers from Maryland. It was great meeting you Garry (MarylandSpace) and Bill (SpaceHeaded).

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posted 05-30-2005 08:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceheaded     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Curt, close enough! It was me.

It was a great day... didn't even notice the rain. Got to shake Neil's hand and that completes Apollo 11 for me (handshaking-wise).

And nice meeting you and Gary. Do either of you (or anyone else) know whether Armstrong writes his own speeches?

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posted 05-30-2005 09:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glint   Click Here to Email Glint     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by spaceheaded:
Curt, close enough! It was me.
Thanks for the correction. I have updated the above post to reflect your true handle.
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Do either of you (or anyone else) know whether Armstrong writes his own speeches?
I don't know the answer, but I am wondering where one might go or write to in order to obtain a transcript of the speech. The sprinkling rain didn't dampen it one bit!

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posted 05-30-2005 09:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Neil Armstrong: a very passionate American.

Wonderful speech given quoting Lincoln and others -- even went into Lincoln's delivery as we would imagine it. Somber also being at a National Cemetery. Armstrong shook the hands of our heroic veterans and meant it. You could see the look in his eye.

I called out about an hour and a half early for fellow cSers and Glint was first to answer the call. He had an excellent spot staked out. Had a nice chat but I had to get back to my spot before I would lose it.

Also inspirational at the Memorial Day ceremony was James Getty's rendition of the Gettysburg Address, and a baritone singer's delivering the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Afterwards, as Neil Armstrong was leaving (during an hour-long irritating light drizzle), I got a chance to comment to Mr. Armstrong that I enjoyed "First Flights" (a series that he hosted on either A&E, History Channel, or the Discovery Channel -- do you remember it?).

I am grateful that my son and his wife joined me.

What an awesome experience.

Garry

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posted 05-31-2005 05:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Look sir... over there... Is that a man?

"You darn right it is!!!"

("The Right Stuff")

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posted 05-31-2005 07:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for WAWalsh   Click Here to Email WAWalsh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I second the comments about Neil Armstrong's speech. Very well written, well done and well delivered. As my wife observed, he definitely has a presence. The entire program was outstanding with a large tip of the hat to the gentleman who sang "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." The younger ones did find it a bit wet and cold, so the mayor should be held responsible for failing to coordinate the weather. I wish I had thought to try to go up and shake hands prior to the ceremonies, because Mr. Armstrong seems to have sought shelter from the rain after the program before the quartermaster of the Walsh battalion could get the troops moving.

Suspect I did see another cS member later in Friendly's. The Apollo 11 design on a blue shirt suggested someone in Gettysburg for Neil Armstrong's speech.

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posted 05-31-2005 07:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Armstrong shook the hands of our heroic veterans and meant it. You could see the look in his eye.
Mr. Armstrong is definitely of the old school; patriotic, sincere, humble and downright wholesome. He will surely go down in history as one of the greatest American's ever.

Nice to read everyone's post about the ceremony and Garry; yes I do remember "First Flights". It aired on Discovery Wings here in the UK for a couple of years and I remember Neil coming over as a very interesting and knowledgeable presenter.

Regards from Dunfermline,

Derek

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posted 09-28-2005 08:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glint   Click Here to Email Glint     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
After his speech the organizers contacted Neil Armstrong to request a written copy of his speech. I obtained a hard copy of what he sent, had it converted to PDF format, and posted a link on the page below.

Neil Armstrong's Gettysburg speech

The speech is patriotic in nature and makes no reference at all to his previous career in NASA. It's a unique piece of writing.

As a bonus, I've also posted a photograph I took of the interesting wristwatch that he was wearing that day.

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posted 09-28-2005 09:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceheaded     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Curt, thanks for posting this! That was a memorable day, for sure.

I guess being Neil Armstrong leaves little time for things like setting the date on your watch.

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posted 09-28-2005 10:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glint   Click Here to Email Glint     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by spaceheaded:
Curt, thanks for posting this! That was a memorable day, for sure.

It certainly was a day to remember, despite the sprinkling rain, some of which is visible on Armstrong's jacket in the enlarged image.

My only regret is that I grabbed the wrong camcorder battery that morning on my way out. Picked up the one that was discharged instead of the one that was charged.

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I guess being Neil Armstrong leaves little time for things like setting the date on your watch.

Weren't Neil Armstrong and James Doohan friendly prior to the latter's death? Perhaps Neil would reply that he's an engineer, not a clock winder.

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posted 09-28-2005 10:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Judging by the age of the watch, I'd guess the date function quit working.

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posted 10-01-2005 10:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff   Click Here to Email Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You too may own the same kind of watch Neil Armstrong was wearing at the Gettysburg address! The gold plated watch states "National Academy of Engineering, Founded 1964" You can buy it directly from them for only $220.

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posted 10-01-2005 11:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceheaded     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
....and it comes with a non-working date feature just like Neil's!

Seriously, it would be fun to have an 'Armstrong' watch.

Bill

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