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Astronaut John Glenn to lie in state in Ohio

Astronaut John Glenn to lie in state in Ohio

COLUMBUS: Astronaut John Glenn will lie in state in Ohio’s capitol building before a celebration of his life of military and government service and two history-making voyages into space.

The public viewing at the Ohio Statehouse and a memorial service at Ohio State University’s Mershon Auditorium are planned for late next week. The dates and times were being worked out on Friday, said Hank Wilson, of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

Glenn, who died on Thursday at age 95, was the first American to orbit the Earth, in 1962, and was the oldest man in space, at age 77 in 1998. A US Marine and combat pilot, he also served as a Democratic US senator, representing Ohio, for more than two decades.

Democratic President Barack Obama on Friday ordered flags at federal buildings and on ships around the world flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of Glenn’s internment. Glenn is to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, DC.

Published in Dawn, December 11th, 2016

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