21 posts tagged real heroes
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin salutes as NASA Administrator Charles Bolden looks on during a wreath laying ceremony as part of NASA’s Day of Remembrance, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Arlington National Cemetery.
Wreaths were laid in memory of those men and women who lost their lives in the quest for space exploration.
Stan Musial (1920-2013)
TheFrogman: If you are not from St. Louis or you don’t follow baseball, you may not know who Stan Musial is. Around here he is known as “Stan the Man.” He truly was one of the greatest baseball players of all time. 3600 hits, .331 average, 24 time all-star, 3 MVPs, 3 World Series, and first ballot inductee to the Hall of Fame.
When I was a youngin’ I had the pleasure to meet Stan at a family wedding. It was the first celebrity I had ever met. At the time I was a baseball fanatic and I was completely starstruck. He had a golden tan and a bright, million dollar smile. He shook everyone’s hand and gladly took pictures with every single kid there. You can see my goofy face standing behind him. He always had the reputation of being one of the nicest individuals around and I got to see it first hand. It was clear that it was no facade.
He is a hero to many and I think that is well deserved. He never took it for granted and I am thankful to have met him. This picture hangs on my wall as one of my most cherished memories.
Mr. Musial, may you rest in peace.
A day for us to remember
Depending on where you are in the world, you might refer to today as Veterans Day, Armistice Day, or Remembrance Day also known as Poppy Day. While they do differ, (Armistice Day - To remember the end of World War I, Remembrance Day - For members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty, and Veterans Day - To honor all armed service veterans) they all are meant as a day for us to remember those who served.
65 years ago today in 1947…
Captain Chuck Yeager of the U.S. Air Force flies a Bell X-1 rocket-powered experimental aircraft, the Glamorous Glennis, faster than the speed of sound - over the high desert of Southern California - and becomes the first pilot and the first airplane to do so in level flight.
Red Bull Stratos has launched!
Red Bull Stratos is a mission to the edge of space that will try to surpass human limits that have existed for more than 50 years. Supported by a team of experts, Felix Baumgartner will undertake a stratospheric balloon flight to more than 120,000 feet / 36,576 meters and make a record-breaking freefall jump in the attempt to become the first man to break the speed of sound in freefall (an estimated 690 miles / 1,110 kilometers per hour), while delivering valuable data for medical and scientific advancement.
Buzz Aldrin took this picture of Neil Armstrong in the cabin after the completion of the first EVA. This is the face of the first man to set foot on the Moon, just hours earlier, on July 20th, 1969.
Neil Armstrong was a quiet self-described nerdy engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved pilot he made “one giant leap for mankind” with a small step on to the moon. The modest man who had people on Earth entranced and awed from almost a quarter million miles away has died. He was 82.