American icon, John Glenn, was laid to rest with full Military Honors on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Arlington National Cemetery. According to an article in the Columbus Dispatch, the interment followed a short, private service at the Old Post Chapel at Arlington.
Glenn, age 95, had died on December 8, 2016, but was laid to rest on the day that would have been his 74th wedding anniversary. John Glenn will be remembered as the man who led America into the Space Age as the first American in space in 1962. Prior to that day he had served his country as a bomber pilot in World War II and as a test pilot. He also served in the Korean War and was four times elected as the United States Senator for the State of Ohio.
On Thursday, Ohio Governor John Kasich ordered State flags flown at half-staff and President Donald Trump ordered federal building flags also to be flown at half-staff. Glenn, himself, requested that he be buried in his Marine “greens’.
In a fitting tribute, Glenn had ordered “Reveille” to be played immediately after “Taps” to signify that he believed in life after death and that it was just morning of his new life. Ohio Senator Rob Portman is reported to have said, “He was a hero long before he orbited the Earth. But when he orbited the Earth, he became an American icon.”
On Thursday,April 6, 2017, John Glenn joined over 400,000 other American Heroes on the hallowed grounds of the 624 acres of Arlington National Cemetery.
Funeral Director Daily take: John Glenn was an American Hero in my eyes. I was four years old when he orbited the Earth and his name has been synonymous with Greatness in my book ever since.
As a funeral director I have also been privileged to inter veterans at Arlington. It is always a great honor and a tradition that I am proud of. Thanks to all of them for what they have done for America.