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The public will be given eight hours on Friday (December 16) to pay their respects to John Glenn as the American 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 by the building’s advisory board Monday. A U.S. Marine honor guard will be featured next to the lying astronaut.

In addition, 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.

John Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962. He also served as a combat pilot and was a U.S. senator representing Ohio for more than two decades. He died Thursday at 95-years-old at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.

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John Glenn’s Public Service Will Be Held At Ohio Statehouse  was originally published on mycolumbusmagic.com