Obama orders flags at half-staff to honor John Glenn

Obama orders flags at half-staff to honor John Glenn
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President Obama on Friday ordered flags to be flown at half-staff to honor the late John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth.
American flags at the White House, public buildings around the country and military and diplomatic posts around the world will fly at half-staff until sunset on the day Glenn is buried, according to a presidential proclamation.
Glenn, who died Thursday at the age of 95, will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, just outside Washington, D.C. A date has not yet been announced for his burial.
The former astronaut and U.S. senator will lie in state in the Ohio Statehouse, and a memorial service is set to take place next week at Ohio State University. 
Obama hailed Glenn in a statement Thursday as an “icon” who “lifted the hopes of a nation” with his historic 1962 spaceflight.  
“John always had the right stuff, inspiring generations of scientists, engineers and astronauts who will take us to Mars and beyond — not just to visit, but to stay,” the president said.