Last year and this year seem to be filled with major anniversary celebrations of one kind or another: the end of World War I, 75 years since D-Day, 80 years since Kristallnacht … it’s hard not to notice. The summer of 1969 has its own commemorations, and one of them is the 50th anniversary of humans first setting foot on the moon, on July 20, 1969.
Has it brought us anywhere? Did the world change as a result? I don’t know the answer to that, but I do know that it was a thrilling moment to have lived through.
If nothing else, it showed that America could embark on a path and reach a goal that had been previously thought unattainable.
I’m sorry that that same chemistry of prosperity, patriotism and U.S. political power probably won’t come around again any time soon, but I’d like if our country could set itself new goals, even far-reaching ones, and work to attain them.