Valley celebrates 45th anniversary of moon landing

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — As Sunday marked the 45th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s moon landing, there is a not-so-little reminder about the impact Armstrong and his fellow astronauts had on the world, nation and Mahoning Valley.

It’s called the First Flight Lunar Module replica. Sitting along Parkman Road in Warren, the half-scale replica of the Apollo 11 landing module, marks the spot where a six-year-old Armstrong took his first airplane ride.

Armstrong lived in Warren as a child. Although that flight took place eight decades ago, for Dan Mathey, who manages the site, the lesson it has to teach is always timely.

“He followed his dream. It took him from Warren to the moon. And we hope that the young people in our community, those who see this will be inspired to follow their dreams,” said Mathey.

The replica was developed by the Perich family of Warren and dedicated by Armstrong himself when it opened in 2003.

Armstrong died Aug. 25, 2012, in Cincinnati at the age of 82.

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