|Neil Armstrong with President Obama|
Monday, August 27, 2012
Armstrong private funeral Friday in Ohio
A private funeral service is planned in Cincinnati, Ohio on Friday for astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon who planted the Stars and Stripes on the Moon.
President Obama has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff for Neil Armstrong's funeral, now set for Friday. Obama ordered the action as "a mark of respect for the memory of Neil Armstrong."
The president's order applies to US flags on the top of the White House, all public buildings, military posts, naval stations and US naval ships at sea anywhere in the world, as well as at American embassies and consulates.
Ohio Senator Rob Portman is expected to speak at Friday's private service. A spokesman for Armstrong's family says a public, national memorial service at another time is a possibility.
The Republican convention in Tampa is also planning a tribute to Armstrong during this week's proceedings. Purdue University is holding a memorial to honor Armstrong.
The lunar pioneer was decorated by 17 countries and received a slew of US honors, but was never comfortable with his fame and shied away from the limelight. More on services from Alan Boyle at MSNBC.