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Flags at half mast across US for Armstrong funeral

Published on Sep 1, 2012 7:56 AM
A flag flies at half-mast near the Washington Monument in Washington,DC on August 31, 2012 in honor of US astronaut Neil Armstrong who died on August 25. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Flags flew at half staff across the United States on Friday as family, friends and fellow astronauts gathered in Ohio to remember Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.

Four United States (US) Navy F-18 fighter jets flew in a solemn "missing man" formation over the funeral at a private Cincinnati golf club in honour of Armstrong, commander of the historic Apollo 11 mission, who died last Saturday aged 82.

"Neil Armstrong's first step on the moon paved the way for others to be the 'first' to step foot on another planet," said Mr Charles Bolden, head of the US space agency Nasa.

"We have an obligation to carry on this uniquely American legacy," Nasa cited Mr Bolden, a former astronaut, as saying at the funeral.

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