COLUMBUS -- The body of astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn will lie in state at the Statehouse from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, in advance of a processional to the Ohio State University campus for a memorial service on Saturday (Dec. 17.)
The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board approved the Statehouse arrangements during a special meeting Monday morning, agreeing to allow Glenn to lie in state in the Rotunda and to remain in the building past the eight-hours allowed in state code.
Glenn will be subject of a "dignified transfer with full honors procession" beginning at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, with a platoon of U.S. Marines escorting the hearse up High Street to Mershon Auditorium at OSU, according to a schedule assembled by the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.
A celebration of Glenn's life is scheduled for 2-3 p.m., with tickets available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, starting on Thursday, according to the Glenn school website (glenn.osu.edu).
Glenn will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.
Glenn, the first American to orbit the planet and the last of the country's original seven astronauts, died last week at the age of 95.
"We have the opportunity for everyone to come here and be able to pay their respects to a great American hero," said House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville), who also heads CSRAB. " The senator is an American icon, an American hero He's remembered a lot for his service as an astronaut, a war hero, but I think there's a lot to also be said for his time in the U.S. Senate but additionally the students and the people's lives that he's touched as he's been ale to share a lot of that experience at The Ohio State University."
State Sen. Mike Skindell (D-Lakewood), who also serves on CSRAB, added in a released statement, "I am proud to say I worked on Glenn's 1984 presidential campaign -- an experience that reinforced my deep respect and admiration for the senator and his wife, Annie. They are two of the most outstanding people I have ever met. I encourage every Ohioan who is able to join us this Friday to come to the Statehouse to honor Sen. Glenn."
State administrative code allows the bodies of deceased Ohio governors, current and former House Speakers and Senate Presidents, current members of the legislature and statewide officer-holders to lie in the Statehouse. Other officials also are allowed to lie in state, with CSRAB's approval.
Eight others have done so since 1857, according to Luke Stedke, CSRAB spokesman. The list includes President Abraham Lincoln in 1865, Gov. James Campbell in 1924, Lt. Gov. Merle Shoemaker in 1985, House Speaker Vern Riffe in 1997, Gov. James Rhodes in 2001 and Congressman Paul Gillmor in 2007.
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