CFD visitors share Apollo 11 memories

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - There are few moments in history that had everyone in the United States, parents and children, husbands and wives, friends and schoolmates all sitting around the TV at the same time. The Apollo 11 mission moon landing was one of those moments. And the landmark moment left many who watched with such vivid memories, they were happy to share on Sunday, the 45th anniversary of the landing.

Rick Swantz said he was in the Navy stationed in Norfolk, Virginia.
"I stayed up late to watch it, about one or two in the morning to watch it live. It was so cool," said Swantz.

Larry Draffin grew up in Florida. His parents worked with the space program. "I knew what was going on and we watched Apollo 11 take off and it was just so cool. Watching it land, it made us proud to be Americans," said Draffin.

His wife Barbara called the moment 45 years ago, "unbelievable."

Linda Reitz had a newborn son and the landing was an important bonding moment for mom and son. "It was moving, just so special to us," said Reitz.

And the moment, nearly half a century old now, still lives on as one of the most important times in American history. The mission was manned by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins


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