Astronaut John Glenn to be interred at Arlington Cemetery

Cheryl Sanders
April 6, 2017

John Glenn will be laid to rest Thursday morning after a funeral at Arlington National Cemetery attended by his family and guests from his political and space travel careers. He was a United States Marine Corps aviator, engineer, astronaut, and U.S. Senator from Ohio. His flight on Friendship 7 on February 20, 1962, showed the world that America was a serious contender in the space race with the Soviet Union. Glenn was the third American in space and the first to orbit Earth, died December 8.

Images from the service will be posted to Flickr following the service. Streaming video also will be available on NASA TV.

In Glenn's honor, flags of federal entities and institutions will fly at half-staff. John Kasich has done the same at public grounds and buildings across Glenn's home state.

Glenn's widow, Annie, is 97. Glenn was born in Cambridge and grew up in New Concord.

Glenn's pioneering Mercury 7 flight in 1962 made him an instant national hero.

He was also the oldest astronaut ever at age 77, returning to space as a payload specialist on the space shuttle Discovery on October 29, 1998.

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