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Private Armstrong service planned Friday in Cincinnati

A private service is planned in Cincinnati on Friday for astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon.

He died Saturday in Cincinnati at age 82.

Neil Armstrong's family publicly requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Neil Armstrong New Frontiers Initiative at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and one other organization.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital thanked Armstrong on their blog by saying, "This gift cements his legacy of leadership, generosity and passion for exploring new frontiers and will make him a hero to new generations of courageous physicians, researchers and patients. We are honored that Mr. Armstrong believed strongly in the mission of Cincinnati Children's and gifts in his honor will help us improve the lives of young people around the world."

No other information was released immediately, other than that the service would be private.

A spokesman for his family said a public, national memorial service at another time is a possibility.

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman will speak at Friday's service. Portman has called the Ohio native "a good friend and adviser."

Portman is in Tampa for the Republican National Convention. A spokeswoman says his office is working on flight arrangements to get him back to Cincinnati in time.

Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969.

(The Associated Press and FOX19 contributed to this story.)

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