HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- Governor Dannel Malloy has ordered all flags to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday in memory of Neil Armstrong.
Armstrong died Saturday at the age of 82.
On July 20, 1969, he made history and was the first man on the moon. Over his lifetime he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, and the Congressional Gold Medal.
Malloy's order is in accordance with a proclamation from President Barack Obama whereby the United States flag will fly at half-staff on the day of Armstrong's burial.
"Commander Armstrong and his contemporaries united this nation in exploration and discovery. The world watched as he stepped onto the moon and, in doing so, reinvigorated pride in our national space program and U.S. innovation," Malloy said in a statement. "Commander Armstrong leaves an extraordinary legacy of service to the country. Beginning with his duty in the Navy and culminating with his post-space flight work in higher education, he was committed to American progress. We stand with his family and friends in mourning the loss of an American hero."
Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman said, "Neil Armstrong represented the very best of what America is all about - an explorer without equal and a true hero who remained ever humble and let his incredible talents and accomplishments speak for themselves. He was an inspiration to us all when he stepped on the moon, and his legacy will continue to inspire us for generations to come."