Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio peers inside his Mercury Friendship 7 space capsule which is on display at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum in Washington Monday Feb. 10, 1997.
Everyone seems to be wondering as to why it took this long for John Glenn to be buried Arlington National Cemetery. The first American to orbit around the planet Earth, Sen. John Glenn was a celebrity in his youth and remained a celebrity till he breathed his last.
A CNN report claims that former astronaut and U.S. Senator is all set to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, some four months after his death. 95-year old John Glenn had passed away on December 8, 2016 after a brief illness. The burial is all set to be a private family affairs, though some top officials are going to be part of the private ceremony.
John Glenn was among the most distinguished Americans of the last century. He was United States Marine Corps aviator, engineer, astronaut, and United States Senator from Ohio. In 1962 he was the first American to orbit the Earth, circling it three times. Before joining NASA, Glenn was a distinguished fighter pilot in World War II and Korea with six Distinguished Flying Crosses and eighteen clusters on his Air Medal.
Reports suggest that Senator John Glenn is all set to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, home to many of the nation’s military heroes. But Though Glenn died Dec. 8 in Columbus, Ohio, his family asked for his burial to be scheduled four months later on April 6, the 74th anniversary of his marriage to his high school sweetheart Annie. This was a rather unusual request, nonetheless it was granted as authorities had no issue in fulfilling the wish.
An ABCNews says, “In Glenn’s honor, flags of federal entities and institutions will fly at half-staff…A private chapel service begins at 9 a.m. At 9:40 a.m., a U.S. Marine Corps live-stream begins, which includes the procession to the graveside by caisson, a flyover, a graveside service and taps. The event also will air on NASA TV”.