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John H. Glenn: Celebrating a Life of Service, December 17 at Ohio State University
Thousands Line the Procession Route from Statehouse to Mershon Auditorium

Choir at Memorial ServiceMuskingum University and New Concord friends were among those celebrating the life of service of John Herschel Glenn, Jr., at OSU's Mershon Auditorium on Saturday, December 17. The Muskingum University Chamber Singers, directed by Dr. Zebulon Highben, led hymns and offered anthems, including Finlandia (Be Still, My Soul) and The Lord’s Prayer.

President Dr. Susan Hasseler, former President Dr. Samuel W. Speck and Board of Trustees Chairman Harold W. Burlingame represented Muskingum University at the memorial service.

More than 2000 friends gathered Saturday to remember Senator Glenn. Those offering remembrances included Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Sherrod Brown and Connie Schultz, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Jr., and General John Dailey. Ethel Kennedy and Robert Kennedy Jr. were in attendance, as were storied astronauts.

Thousands stood along Columbus’ High Street on Saturday, paying tribute to Senator Glenn whose body was carried from the Statehouse to Mershon Auditorium by Marines who escorted his hearse on foot for the 90-minute walk.

Four thousand citizens earlier passed through the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda on Friday, December 16, as Senator Glenn lay in repose. Senator Glenn was only the ninth person to lie in state there and joins a list that includes Abraham Lincoln.

Glenn died Dec. 8 at the age of 95. He is scheduled to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on April 6 – his 74th wedding anniversary with Annie Glenn.

Click the links below to see coverage of the December 17 service.


NASA, USA Today and WHIO. CBS News celebrates Senator Glenn's life.


NASA, C-Span, NBC4 WCMH-TV Columbus and Cnet coverage.