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Godspeed John Glenn — Final Funeral Rights at Arlington National Cemetery

Godspeed John Glenn — Final Funeral Rights at  Arlington National Cemetery

Final funeral rites for astronaut John Glenn (July 18, 1921 – December 8, 2016), 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 private service at the Old Post Chapel beginning at 9 a.m.

The U.S. 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. The event ends at 10:25 a.m.

Glenn died Dec. 8 at age 95.

Thousands of mourners visited his casket as it lay in repose at the Ohio Statehouse, and roughly 2,500 people attended a public “celebration of life” for the former fighter pilot, history-making astronaut and longtime Democratic U.S. senator from small-town Ohio.

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Updated: May 4, 2017 — 9:17 AM

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