John Glenn’s Ohio birthplace to get historic marker

Glenn was the first American to orbit Earth and served 24 years in the U.S. Senate.

HOLD FOR TUESDAY, JULY 18 – FILE – In this Feb. 20, 2012, file photo, U.S. Sen. John Glenn talks with astronauts on the International Space Station via satellite before a discussion titled "Learning from the Past to Innovate for the Future" in Columbus, Ohio. Glenn’s devotees are pushing forward with ideas for memorials and honors as the anniversary of the astronaut’s birth arrives Tuesday, July 18, 2017, for the first time since his death on Dec. 8, 2016, at age 95. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)
FILE – In this Feb. 20, 2012, file photo, U.S. Sen. John Glenn talks with astronauts on the International Space Station via satellite before a discussion titled "Learning from the Past to Innovate for the Future" in Columbus, Ohio. Glenn’s devotees are pushing forward with ideas for memorials and honors as the anniversary of the astronaut’s birth arrives Tuesday, July 18, 2017, for the first time since his death on Dec. 8, 2016, at age 95. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

COLUMBUS (AP) – The Ohio birthplace of the late John Glenn is celebrating its place in history with a historic marker commemorating the astronaut and U.S. senator who died last year.

Officials in Cambridge will hold a ceremony Thursday to unveil the marker. Glenn was born there on July 18, 1921.

The commemoration was spearheaded by the local convention and visitors’ bureau. It’s part of increased efforts to honor Glenn’s legacy since his death on Dec. 8, 2016.

Glenn was the first American to orbit Earth and served 24 years in the U.S. Senate.

An effort had failed to have his Cambridge home listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Officials said the National Park Service viewed his home in nearby New Concord, where he moved at age 2, as “most suitable.”

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