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Recounting Armstrong’s 1969 Apollo landing

A sign board in Wapakoneta honoring Louis Armstrong on July 21, 1969.

A sign board in Wapakoneta honoring Louis Armstrong on July 21, 1969.   | Photo Credit: AP

July 20 marks 50 years of Apollo 11

Preparations are in full swing in Wapakoneta in Ohio, the hometown of Neil Armstrong, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing. There will be hot air balloons, 60’s-themed evenings and rocket launches. Interstate 75 will be the centerpiece for activities around the anniversary, including a NASA livestream broadcast on July 19.

The Armstrong Air & Space Museum will also feature planes and space artifacts associated with the astronaut.

Armstrong was born in 1930, at his grandparents’ farm just outside Wapakoneta. His family later moved to Ohio before settling back for his high schooling years.

“It was just so unbelievable that somebody from this little town could accomplish something like that,” said Dave Tangeman who turned 12 on July 20, 1969, when Apollo 11 landed on the moon.

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