“I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth.I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.”
— Neil Armstrong
In 2000, he voiced what many felt — “I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket protector, nerdy engineer. And I take a substantial amount of pride in the accomplishments of my profession.”
Just think what was achieved in the 1960s with slide rules by young engineers and scientists who just didn’t know that it could not be done.
They labored to fulfill President Kennedy’s challenge — “We will go to the moon — in this decade,” while many of their generation dropped out, spit on anyone in a military uniform, embraced free love and wallowed in the mud at Woodstock.
Those veterans have come together to ensure that, “Never again shall one generation of veterans abandon another.”
And given the opportunity, today’s students afforded educational environments, such as TAMS — and who apply themselves — will meet future challenges.
When you talk with TAMS students, and young people who have attended Americanism programs as afforded by the American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls State — you understand that there is hope for those who will succeed their parents’ generation.