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Glenn to Lie in State in Ohio Capital

  • Associated Press

Flags fly at half-staff outside the John & Annie Glenn Museum, Dec. 9, 2016, in New Concord, Ohio.

The late space hero and former U.S. Sen. John Glenn will lie in state in the Ohio Statehouse and a memorial service is being planned at Ohio State University.

Hank Wilson of the John Glenn School of Public Affairs in Columbus said the date and time are still being worked out but the public viewing and other services are expected to take place early next week. A "celebration of life'' will be held at OSU's Mershon Auditorium.

Burial is being planned at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington.

Glenn became a national hero in 1962 when he became the first American to orbit the Earth. He died Thursday at age 95.

In Photos: John Glenn


Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio has added to the tributes for the late space hero.

Boehner says Americans for generations cheered Glenn as he soared into the heavens, and "now he has taken his place there for eternity, a well-earned reward for an American life well and heroically lived.''

Boehner says in a statement released Thursday evening by a spokesman that he offers his and his wife Debbie's condolences to Glenn's widow, Annie, and his family and joins fellow Ohioans in mourning.

President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump are among other leaders who have offered tributes to Glenn.

The residents of John Glenn's hometown in eastern Ohio say he never forgot where he came from and always made time talk with anyone who wanted to visit.

Flags around New Concord have been lowered and the university where he was a trustee held a moment of silence before a basketball game Thursday after the former astronaut and U.S. senator died earlier in the day.

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