Astronauts among dignitaries at Armstrong service

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CINCINNATI (AP) – Fellow space pioneers including two crewmates on the historic Apollo 11 mission mourned and celebrated Neil Armstrong as a humble hero who saw himself as a team player and never capitalized upon his celebrity as the first man to walk on the moon.

Hundreds of people attended a closed service Friday at a private suburban Cincinnati club. A national memorial service has been scheduled for Sept. 12 in Washington, although no other details have been released.

Armstrong died Saturday at age 82.

Among some 10 former astronauts attending Friday were John Glenn and Armstrong’s crew for the 1969 moon landing, Edward “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins.

Four Navy fighter planes flew over at the end of the service, one flying upward in tribute to the former Navy pilot who flew combat missions in Korea.

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