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Family gathers for private send-off of astronaut John Glenn

4 months 1 week 5 days ago Thursday, April 06 2017 Apr 6, 2017 April 06, 2017 10:56 AM April 06, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Family and invited guests have gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to say their final goodbyes to astronaut and Sen. John Glenn.

Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, died Dec. 8 at age 95. He was mourned and celebrated at public events in his home state of Ohio at the time. Thursday's memorial was meant to be a more personal event for his wife and children and was closed to the public and news media.

The military provided a livestream of a portion of the graveside service. Glenn's widow, Annie, gave a Marine a kiss on the cheek after he presented her with the flag that had been draped over Glenn's casket.

A military trumpeter played "Taps" and mourners recited the 23rd Psalm as a steady rain fell.

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