On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 took flight, landing on the moon and making history four days later. This month marks the 50th anniversary of that landing.
Currently on display in The Journey of Faith tour at the Billy Graham Library are a few items of memorabilia from the pivotal event in history.
To the right you’ll see a medal depicting images of the astronauts of Apollo 11 — given by Apollo 11 team — and an Apollo 11 decal.
Below is a silver plaque from the President’s Dinner Honoring Apollo 11 Astronauts on August 13, 1969. Billy Graham accepted the invitation by President Nixon to attend the dinner himself.
The plaque reads: “Here Men From the Planet Earth First Set Foot Upon the Moon, July 1969, A.D. We Came in Peace for All Mankind.” It is imprinted with signatures of astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Edwin Aldrin and President Richard Nixon.
In addition to these artifacts that the Library has acquired, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) has another connection to the event.
Charlotte native, Charlie Duke, was working the radios in Houston when Apollo 11 landed—talking Neil Armstrong down to the surface. Duke later helped the BGEA with the 1992 Moscow Crusade; he went over for an advance trip to meet with some of the Cosmonauts he knew, along with members of the Russian military.