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.
 
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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.