NASA photo of flag on the moon

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin stands next to an American flag on the moon on July 20, 1969. 

Today is Flag Day, a time to appreciate our country’s many achievements and rededicate ourselves to its ideals.

Fifty years ago this summer was a special occasion for the American flag — it went to the moon. On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. set foot on the lunar surface and, amid their exploration, planted the Stars and Stripes.

“Being able to salute that flag was one of the more humble yet proud moments I’ve ever had,” Aldrin later said. “To be able to look at that American flag and know how much so many people had put of themselves and their work into getting it where it was. We sensed — we really did — this almost mystical unification of all people in the world at that moment.”

Our flag indeed has tremendous inspirational power.

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