Senate honors John Glenn for service, desire to better world

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Tributes to the late hero-astronaut John Glenn continued on Saturday, as U.S. senators passed a resolution honoring their former colleague for leading an exemplary life.

Glenn, who grew up in New Concord, Ohio, died Thursday at age 95. He was the first American to orbit Earth, in 1962, and was the oldest man in space, at age 77 in 1998. A U.S. Marine and combat pilot, he also served as a Democratic U.S. senator, representing Ohio, for more than two decades.

Ohio’s two senators, Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Sherrod Brown, introduced the measure this week and announced its passage Saturday.

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

Portman and Brown said the Senate will also stand adjourned as a mark of respect to Glenn.

Glenn will lie in state at the Ohio Statehouse next week and a memorial service at Ohio State University’s Mershon Auditorium is being planned to take place after that.