The Latest: Ohio church plans candlelight vigil for Glenn


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the death of John Glenn (all times local):

4:10 p.m.

John Glenn’s hometown church in Ohio is planning a candlelight vigil to celebrate the life and legacy of the late military and space hero.

Westminster Presbyterian Church, in New Concord, where Glenn was a lifetime member, has scheduled the event for 7 p.m. Sunday. It will include readings, singing and prayer.

It’s one of several commemorations that have been scheduled for Glenn since his death at age 95 on Thursday.

Glenn is scheduled to lie in state in the Ohio Statehouse rotunda from noon to 8 p.m. Friday. A public memorial service will be held Dec. 17 at Ohio State University’s Mershon Auditorium.

Ohio’s two U.S. senators say the chamber where Glenn once served as a Democratic U.S. Senator announced the passage of a resolution in his name.

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3:25 p.m.

Members of the public will be given eight hours Friday to pay their respects to John Glenn as the late astronaut-hero lies in state at Ohio’s capitol building.

A spokesman said Saturday that Glenn would lie in repose in the Statehouse Rotunda from noon to 8 p.m. under a proposal set for final approval Monday.

A public memorial service at Mershon Auditorium has been scheduled for 2 p.m. on Dec. 17. The event will be open to the public but tickets are required. They will be available through the college’s website starting Thursday.

Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth. He also served as a combat pilot and was a U.S. senator representing Ohio for more than two decades. He died Thursday at the age of 95.

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11:30 a.m.

Ohio’s two U.S. senators say the chamber where the late astronaut-hero John Glenn once served has honored him with a resolution.

Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Sherrod Brown introduced the measure this week and announced its passage Saturday.

The resolution honors Glenn, who died Thursday at age 95, as the first American to orbit the Earth and for his many military and public service accomplishments.

It says the nation is “deeply indebted” to Glenn “for his passion for exploration, commitment to public service and desire to make the world a better place.”

The Senate will stand adjourned as a mark of respect to Glenn.

A public viewing at the Ohio Statehouse and a memorial service for Glenn at Ohio State University’s Mershon Auditorium are planned for next week.