Neil Armstrong memorial service set for Aug. 27 on Purdue campus

August 26, 2012  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue Student Government will hold a memorial service for university alumnus and Apollo astronaut Neil A. Armstrong at 5:30 p.m. Monday (Aug. 27).

The service will be at the Neil Armstrong statue in front of Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering, 701 W. Stadium Ave. A webcast of the service is at: mms://

Armstrong, who died Saturday (Aug. 25) at age 82, earned a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering from Purdue in 1955. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering from Purdue in 1970. On July 20, 1969, he became the first person to walk on the moon as commander of Apollo 11.

Joe Rust, president of Purdue Student Government, said the university's acting President Timothy Sands will be one of the speakers at the campus service. Other speakers and details are still being planned, he said.

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Writer: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711,

Source: Joe Rust, 812-498-0544,

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