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Neil Armstrong Public Memorial Service Scheduled for Sept. 13

Neil Armstrong Public Memorial Service Scheduled for Sept. 13

To honor one of the most influential people of the last century, a public memorial will be held to allow everyone an opportunity to pay their final respects to Neil Armstrong.

The public memorial service for Armstrong, the first person to ever walk on the surface of the moon, will take place on Sept. 13 at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

The event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and will be broadcast live on the NASA television channel. It will also be streamed live on the internet on both the National Cathedral and NASA websites.

There was a private ceremony for close friends and family that took place on Aug. 31 after Armstrong died from complications stemming from recent heart surgery on Aug. 25.

Many high profile people are expected to attend the event such as NASA chief Charles Bolden and other NASA officials, political leaders and members of the Armstrong family, NASA officials said.

But for those who wish to attend the service, it is suggested to get to the cathedral early because a very limited number of seats will be made available to people on a first come first serve basis, according to a NASA spokesperson.

Neil Armstrong is known for stepping onto the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969. Along with Buzz Aldrin, Armstrong spent more than 21 hours on the moon surface collecting rocks and other samples.

When Armstrong took his first step on the lunar surfaced he issued a phrase that will live on forever in the American history.

"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," said the astronaut.

The National Cathedral is a historic landmark and was once visited by members of the Apollo 11 mission.

In 1974, the three members of the Apollo crew gave the cathedral a moon rock they had brought back from the mission as part of a ceremony celebrating the fifth anniversary of the lunar visit.


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