September 10, 2012

Neil Armstrong Memorial Service Details Announced
Astronauts Cernan and Collins, singer Diana Krall, other dignitaries scheduled to celebrate life of late astronaut

Washington, D.C.— Washington National Cathedral announced today that astronauts Michael Collins, the Apollo 11 command module pilot, and Eugene A. Cernan, the Apollo 17 mission commander—and last man to walk on the moon, are scheduled to participate in the national memorial service for Neil Armstrong at the Cathedral on Thursday, September 13, at 10 am. Cernan will join NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr., and former Secretary of the Treasury John W. Snow in offering tributes. Collins will lead prayers. The popular jazz singer-songwriter Diana Krall is scheduled to sing. Other musicians will include the U.S. Navy Band “Sea Chanters,” the Cathedral Choir, and the Metropolitan Opera Brass. The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, bishop of Washington, will offer the homily in honoring the life of the first man to walk on the moon, who died August 25.

The service is by invitation, and all seats have been allocated at this time. The service will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed online at and

News media wishing to cover the memorial service are reminded to RSVP by email to Meredith MacKenzie at by Tuesday, September 11, to receive credentials. Space is limited.

Washington National Cathedral is called to be the spiritual home for the nation and brings the country together at important moments to pray, commemorate, celebrate, and mourn. The Cathedral has also long worked to recognize NASA and our country’s space program. Armstrong, along with fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, presented the Cathedral with a moon rock brought back from their Apollo 11 mission. The presentation took place in a service on July 21, 1974, commemorating the fifth anniversary of the first steps on the moon. The iconic Space Window that would later display the sample of lunar rock was also dedicated at that service.

On October 23, 1983, astronauts Collins and Capt. Frederick H. Hauck took part in a service to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of NASA at the Cathedral. The Cathedral was also the location of a memorial service on February 6, 2003, for the crew of Space Shuttle Columbia, who had died during reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere.

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Richard Weinberg, Washington National Cathedral: (202) 537-5548 or
David Weaver or Michael Cabbage, NASA: (202) 358-1600, or
Rick Miller, on behalf of the Family of Neil Armstrong: 513.608.8463 or