TRex Dad here, guest posting.
Whether you witnessed it live or have merely heard of it since, you know about it. Everyone knows about it. Everyone. Everything we've done since has been compared to it. Those were the days when we dreamt a dream, set a goal, and made that dream into reality. That's who we were then. I ask you, as we remember that day 40 years ago, to consider who we are now. Are we still that people? Are we still that Nation? A People who do things, not "because they are easy, but because they are hard"?
I think that we have lost our way. We could argue why and how endlessly. What would be the point? The point is, will we choose to find our way again? Who will we be going forward? What will you teach your children about who we are?
I will teach my children that the dream is alive, and that their country is the one that should make it come true. As it did, it still can. We simply have to choose to make it so. Then hard work and perseverance will win us through. Because if what we did then was possible, then anything is. We just have to set our minds to it.
"We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."