2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the first steps onto the moon. This year has special meaning to the citizens of Wapakoneta, Ohio as the man who took those steps, Neil Alden Armstrong, called this community his hometown.
An entire year of events and festivities was planned in Wapakoneta and Auglaize County to honor the Apollo 11 Mission and all those who worked to make it a success.
We've been celebrating those first steps on the moon for 49 years, We were delighted by the outpouring of interest and the number of visitors who came to join us during 2019 for the 50th anniversary celebration. We met folks from all around the U.S.A. and from many countries around the world who wanted to visit Neil Armstrong's hometown during this special year.
Even though the main focus of the special celebration has passed, there are still many, many reasons to plan a visit to Wapakoneta, Ohio, during this milestone year.
Visit the Armstrong Air & Space Museum. See the new exhibits and the two statues of Neil Armstrong commissioned by the Armstrong Family.
Visit downtown Wapakoneta and see the third "Homecoming" statue of Mr. Armstrong under the arch at the Parkway. Visit the many unique, antique and specialty shops where you can still purchase First On The Moon merchandise. Come for a meal, a snack, a cocktail or a great cup of coffee. Your taste buds will thank you!
And finally, while visiting take the Armstrong History Self Driving Tour. You will see the places that played a part in Mr. Armstrong's life when he was a teenager living in Wapakoneta. You can access that tour information
We look forward to welcoming you to Wapakoneta, Ohio, hometown of Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon.
Here's a look at some of the 2019 50th Anniversary Celebration fun!
2019 Souvenir Mementos
You can also click here to check out a
variety of merchandise available online.
A great place to visit, not an easy name to pronounce!
Give it a try: WAH puh kuh NEH tuh
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