Today is the 44th anniversary of the first manned landing on the moon. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin rode the lander to the surface, and Michael Collins manned the spacecraft in lunar orbit.
This event had the same historical significance as Columbus's landing in the Caribbean half a millennium earlier. Unlike then, we have not capitalized on the moon landing. Not in all the intervening 44 years has a human set foot on another world, not even a return to the moon.
I suggest we make a holiday out of this date, to celebrate the first moon landing the same way we celebrate Columbus Day. It would be a fitting memorial to Armstrong and the rest, if we did this.
It might also help raise public awareness of the excitement and adventure of manned exploratory spaceflight. The moon, Mars, the asteroids, and uncountable places beyond, all beckon.