Astronaut John Glenn to be interred at Arlington Cemetery


COLUMBUS (AP) — Final funeral rites for astronaut John Glenn will take place Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery.

His family and invited guests, including astronauts and dignitaries, will say goodbye to the first American to orbit Earth at a small private service at the Old Post Chapel beginning at 9 a.m.

The Marine Corps will begin a live stream at 9:40 a.m. that will include a processional to the graveside by caisson, a flyover, a graveside service and taps. Streaming video also will be available on NASA TV .

There was a public outpouring for the former fighter pilot, history-making astronaut and longtime Democratic U.S. senator from small-town Ohio after he died Dec. 8 at age 95.

Thousands of mourners visited his flag-draped casket as it lay in repose at the Ohio Statehouse for a longer period than assassinated President Abraham Lincoln and others in history.

After a funeral procession through the heart of Ohio's capital city, a "celebration of life" for Glenn drew roughly 2,500 people, including then-Vice President Joe Biden, current and former governors and many other dignitaries.

Those close to the family said they felt a sense of duty in allowing the public to mark Glenn's passing with the well-attended Ohio events, but they would like to reserve Thursday's burial service as a period for more personal mourning.

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