RI flags to fly at half-staff for John Glenn

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Governor Gina Raimondo has ordered U.S. and Rhode Island flags at state facilities to be flown at half-staff in memory of former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn.

The flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on the day Glenn is laid to rest, Raimondo said in a news release.

Glenn, who was the first American to orbit the earth in 1962, died Thursday at 95.

Glenn’s memorial service is set to take place Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.