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John Glenn will lie in state in Ohio's capitol building


Before a celebration of his life of service in military and government, former senator and astronaut John Glenn will lie in state in Ohio's capitol building, reports U.S. News

Glenn died Thursday at the age of 95. He was the first American to go into orbit and the oldest man to ever go into space at 77 years of age. He also served as a U.S. senator, representing Ohio for more than 20 years. 

Glenn will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. 

As news of Glenn's death became widespread, tributes from America's leaders rolled in on Friday.

"Throughout his life, Senator John Glenn embodied the right stuff," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a statement.

"Our military, in particular, benefited from his courage and dedication ... But just as important as what John Glenn accomplished is how he accomplished it: with a combination of fierce determination and profound humility, and always with integrity."

The U.S. Marines took to Twitter to mourn the loss of one of their own. 

As an Ohio senator, Sherrod Brown said he feels a strong connection to Glenn and his legacy.

"He was just a good man, pure and simple," he said.

Speaking with WSYX/WTTE from Capitol Hill, Sen. Brown (D-OH) talked about his experience meeting the astronaut as a teen.

Sometime between 1968-9, Sen. Brown said Glenn visited a group of Eagle Scouts in Ohio, "he spent time with each one of us, talking to us."

Many on social media took the time to pay tribute to Glenn. 

(The Sinclair Broadcast Group contributed to this report)

John Glenn will lie in state in Ohio's capitol building

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