Statement About Honoring American and Russian Space Heroes During the Apollo 11 Mission
THE TWO MEN we hope will set foot on the moon represent all mankind.
Their achievement will be the world’s achievement. It is fitting, therefore, that the first lunar explorers carry with them some recognition of the sacrifice made by other space pioneers who helped to blaze their trail.
There is no national boundary to courage. The names of Gagarin and Komarov, of Grissom, White, and Chaffee, share the honor we pray will come to Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins.
In recognizing the dedication and sacrifice of brave men of different nations, we underscore an example we hope to set: that if men can reach the moon, men can reach agreement.
Note: The Apollo 11 crew carried with them two Soviet commemorative medals, one Apollo 204 … Continue Reading (1 minute read)