Did you look up at the moon Saturday night? Did you gaze in wonder that a quarter of a million miles away, the footprints of Neil Armstrong are still there — and will be for generations and generations after you are gone?
If so, you joined friends, neighbors and strangers around our nation and the world in a quiet celebration of the moon landing at 10:56 p.m. July 20, 1969.
Think of that moment. That anniversary is the legacy we become part of this weekend.
And think of this: This was a rare moment — one of the first and very few that the entire world has had the chance to witness history being made in real time.
The moon landing was not universally supported in 1969, but at the moment of that event, you could step outside, look at the moon and know that men were actually walking on it — and that men and women from a diversity of backgrounds were responsible for that. You were part of something that joined you to every other person on the globe.
Today, our world, our nation, our state, our county and even our towns face deep divisions. But for this weekend, let the remembrance of an event that joined men and women everywhere half a century ago unite us.