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Capitol Staff in the middle. A floral garland spacecraft center in Houston.
The State of Texas paid is beneath. Armstrong is assigned to NASA
homage to America's first lunar The other side bears headquarters in Washington,
landing crew Saturday by Armstrong's words "We Came D.C., and Collins is assistant
giving the Texas Medal of Valor In Peace" and the date of the secretary of state for public
to the three Apollo 11 mission. Astronauts are shown affairs.
astronauts. erecting the U.S. flag beside a The astronauts presented a
Michael Collins, Edwin lunar landing module. The photo taken on the moon to Gov.
"Buzz" Aldrin, and Neal planet earth is in the Smith after the ceremony. The
Armstrong received the pure background. color photo showed the stark
gold medals from Gov. Preston The men made history when black and white surface of the
Smith in a ceremony in the Armstrong and Aldrin walked moon, an astronaut and the
chamber of the Texas House of on the moon Sunday, July 20, vivid colors of the American
Representatives. Each medal 1969. Collins piloted the mother flag which was erected during
was suspended from a ship in orbit awaiting their the mission.
"necklace" of blue, white and return. The astronauts were feted at
green ribbon - colors of the Col. Aldrin is the only one of a dinner in the governor's
state seal of Texas. the three astronauts still mansion f o 11 o w i n g the
Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes and assigned to the manned ceremony.
Speaker of the House Gus -
Mutscher participated in the. AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN
presentation in the crowded OCTOBER 18, 1970
chamber. (Front Page)
The medals were authorized
by the 61st Legislature to "pay "..
honor to three brave and gallant
heroes of the universe."
members of the first moon
A lunar landing commission'
was appointed to select a design
for the unique tribute and to
arrange the presentation. :
Members include tate Sens.
Barbara Jordan Che Broo
and . Blanchard; Reps.
Tommy Shannon, Jack Ogg and
Clyde Haynes Jr.;
American-Statesman E d i t o r
Sam Wood and Jerry Hall " "..
press secretary to the governor
Thomas Lomedico of Tappan
N.Y., designed and cast the
medal of valor at a total cost of
One side bears the words
"The State of Texas, Medal of > -
Honor, Apollo 11 Astronauts. }'
The lone star Texas emblem is
MEDAL OF VALOR-Governor Smith, left, pre- crew, during impressive ceremonies in the House
sents the Texas "Medal of Valor" to Apollo 11 of Representatives Saturday evening. The medal
astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and was authorized by the 61st Legislature. (Staff
Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, the first lunar landing Photo by Torn Bayne)
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