If you were alive early in the morning of July 20th 1969 when Wapakoneta native Neil Armstrong took his historic first steps on the surface of the moon, you no doubt remember where you were, what you were doing and who you were with.
America’s space conquest had come 8 years after the late President John F. Kennedy pronounced during 1961 that sending an American to the moon was a mission this nation would accomplish during that decade.
Between his pronouncement, and the one small step for mankind that Armstrong reported in a scratchy radio message from the lunar surface, had come considerable space triumphs and tragedies too.
Which included a launch pad fire that claimed the lives of 3 astronauts.
One wonders why since that warm July day in the summer of ’69, this nation hasn’t been able to muster similar resolve to accomplish other great things.
For example, finding a cure for cancer.
Is it a question of resources, or rather one of having the stomach to roll up our collective sleeves for a difficult struggle that looks insurmountable?
To this day, you can find plenty of conspiracy theorists who are sure the moon landing was staged on the set of a movie studio in California.
You can also locate people who are sure that the reason we haven’t won the fight to find a cure for cancer is that there are too many folks getting rich making the drugs needed to fight it and the places needed for treatment.
Put me in the crowd of people who’s sure that we did land on the moon.
Mark me among the folks who are hopeful that we will muster the courage and the resources and the will to conquer Cancer just like we did the moon 48 years ago.
That’s the way I see it.