John Glenn’s funeral procession travels through Delaware

 

A horse-drawn caisson carries former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn to his final resting place during the interment ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday in Virginia. Earlier Thursday, his casket arrived at Dover Air Force Base and a procession followed from the base through Camden and Wyoming onto Arlington National. (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

DOVER — The body of Ohio senator and astronaut, John Glenn, was escorted from Dover Air Force Base to the Maryland state line on its way to Arlington National Cemetery around 6 a.m. on Thursday morning.

“Delaware Law Enforcement including Delaware State Police, Dover PD, Clayton PD, New Castle County PD, Newark PD and Wilmington PD all provided the dignified escort from DAFB to the Maryland line in Sandtown,” said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier, spokesman for the DSP.

The Air Force Mortuary at Dover Air Force Base does not make public announcements concerning procession routes.

On its way to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, the hearse carrying the distinguished American’s remains passed through Camden in the early morning drizzle. In Mr. Glenn’s honor, flags of federal entities and institutions flew at half-staff.

Mr. Glenn, the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth and last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, died on Dec. 12 at the age of 95.

According to the Associated Press, Thursday’s interment in the national cemetery was closed to public and news media so his wife and children have the chance for a more personal memorial. His family scheduled the service for what would have been John and Annie Glenn’s 74th wedding anniversary. A private chapel service was held followed by a procession to the graveside by caisson, a flyover, a graveside service and taps.

Staff writer Ian Gronau can be reached at 741-8272 or igronau@newszap.com

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