Astronaut Col. James B. Irwin -- Historic American Hero
Since the beginning of time until now, only twelve men have placed their feet on a celestial body, the moon.
Colonel James B. Irwin was one of them.
His historic flight to the moon on board Apollo 15 on July 26 - August 7, 1971 was a once in a lifetime opportunity. He was the 8th man to step on the moon's surface and his flight was the first to drive the lunar rover. These astronauts have a place in history along with other famous explorers such as Columbus, the Wright Brothers and others, which have changed the course of our lives.
History books tell of his historic space adventure but do not reveal the incredible life he led after his return to earth. He spent the next 20 years of his life reaching for a higher goal, one even higher than leaving the earth's atmosphere in search of new discoveries. This adventure was to reach out to his fellow man, and help them reach their Highest Flight In LIfe. He traveled around the globe with his family sharing his unique experience and a message of hope and encouragement.
True heroes are human beings that sacrifice themselves for a greater purpose
other than their own pursuits of ease and comfort.