Update: President Obama has issued a Presidential Proclamation ordering United States flags to be flown at half-staff the day of Neil Armstrong's interment.
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, passed away this weekend.
In a statement issued on Saturday, President Obama said that “Neil was among the greatest of American heroes - not just of his time, but of all time.”
When he and his fellow crew members lifted off aboard Apollo 11 in 1969, they carried with them the aspirations of an entire nation. They set out to show the world that the American spirit can see beyond what seems unimaginable - that with enough drive and ingenuity, anything is possible. And when Neil stepped foot on the surface of the moon for the first time, he delivered a moment of human achievement that will never be forgotten.
In 2009, President Obama welcomed Neil Armstrong and his Apollo 11 crewmembers Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin to the White House in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Armstrong’s historic first steps on the lunar surface.