Tuesday’s editorial celebrates the historic accomplishment of Neil Armstrong, through some historic words of our own:
With the passing of American legend Neil Armstrong on Saturday, we were inspired to reach back into The Sun News archives and pull out the newspaper’s editorial written after the astronauts’ historic moon landing 43 years ago. As luck would have it, the mission coincided with a visit to our area by George Romney, then the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary, and whose son is now accepting the Republican nomination for president down in Florida.
The editorial writer of the time was perhaps even a bit prescient in lauding the profit motive behind the space program, in light of our nation’s increasing reliance on private industry to get us into space. Will such a historic moment ever occur once more? Who knows. But for one night in July 1969, the world stopped and watched as a booted foot touched the surface of that mysterious orb that hangs in the night sky. It’s a feat that earned Armstrong a place in history and in the hearts of millions, and we celebrate and honor his accomplishment, even 43 years after we first published these words: