Made: Lead­ers’ se­cret drafts but, thank­fully, not de­liv­ered

Mer­ci­fully un­spo­ken, ex­plain­ing how it all went wrong Oth­ers will fol­low and surely find their way home, man’s search will not be de­nied. But these men were the first res­o­lute, our will to sur­vive can­not be bro­ken

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Pres­i­dent Richard Nixon never had to de­liver the speech. In fact, he never even saw it after it was drafted by of­fi­cials. How­ever, it was there to be read if the un­think­able had hap­pened and the first men on the men, as­tro­nauts Neil Arm­strong and Buzz Aldrin, were lost

Fate has or­dained that the men who went to the moon to ex­plore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.

These brave men, Neil Arm­strong and Ed­win Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their re­cov­ery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sac­ri­fice.

These two men are lay­ing down their lives in mankind’s most no­ble goal: the search for truth and un­der­stand­ing.

They will be mourned by their fam­i­lies and friends; they will be mourned by their na­tion; they will be mourned by the peo­ple of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the un­known. In the early 1980s, as re­la­tions be­tween the West and the USSR hit new lows and the Cold War plunged into tem­per­a­tures un­charted since the Cuban Mis­sile Cri­sis, there were gen­uine fears of a third world war. In Bri­tain, of­fi­cials drafted this speech for the Queen

wire­less set lis­ten­ing to my father’s in­spir­ing words on that fate­ful day in 1939. Not for a sin­gle mo­ment did I imag­ine that this solemn and aw­ful duty would one day fall to me.

We all know that the dan­gers fac­ing us today are greater by far than at any time in our long his­tory. The en­emy is not the soldier with his ri­fle nor even the air­man prowl­ing the skies above our cities and towns but the deadly power of abused tech­nol­ogy. But what­ever ter­rors lie in wait for us all the qual­i­ties that have helped to keep our

In their exploration, they stirred the peo­ple of the world to feel as one; in their sac­ri­fice, they bind more tightly the broth­er­hood of man.

In an­cient days, men looked at stars and saw their he­roes in the con­stel­la­tions. In mod­ern times, we do much the same, but our he­roes are epic men of flesh and blood.

Oth­ers will fol­low, and surely find their way home. Man’s search will not be de­nied. But these men were the first, and they will re­main the fore­most in our hearts.

For ev­ery hu­man be­ing who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some cor­ner of an­other world that is for­ever mankind.

free­dom in­tact twice already dur­ing this sad cen­tury will once more be our strength.

My hus­band and I share with fam­i­lies up and down the land the fear we feel for sons and daugh­ters, hus­bands and broth­ers who have left our side to serve their coun­try. My beloved son An­drew is at this mo­ment in ac­tion with his unit and we pray con­tin­u­ally for his safety and for the safety of all ser­vice­men and women at home and over­seas.

It is this close bond of fam­ily life that must be our great­est de­fence against the un­known. If

fam­i­lies re­main united and res­o­lute, giv­ing shel­ter to those liv­ing alone and un­pro­tected, our coun­try’s will to sur­vive can­not be bro­ken.

My mes­sage to you there­fore is sim­ple. Help those who can­not help them­selves give com­fort to the lonely and the home­less and let your fam­ily be­come the fo­cus of hope and life to those who need it.

As we strive to­gether to fight off the new evil let us pray for our coun­try and men of good­will wher­ever they may be.

God Bless you all.

Buzz Aldrin on the lu­nar sur­face on July 20,1969

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