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Memorial service honors space pioneer Neil Armstrong

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Washington, D.C. (WTVR) – The nation pays tribute to the first man to set foot on the moon.

A bag pipe processional ushered in a memorial at the Washington National Cathedral Thursday morning, honoring Neil Armstrong.

Captain Eugene Cernan, who followed in Armstrong’s “small steps” as the 12th and last American astronaut to stand on the moon, delivered remarks celebrating Armstrong’s role in the Historic Apollo 11 mission.

“No one, but no one could have accepted the responsibility of his remarkable accomplishments with more dignity and more grace than Neil Armstrong. He embodied all that is good and all that is great about America,” said Cernan.

Armstrong died on August 25, following complications fro a cardiovascular procedure. He was 82 years old.