American flags around the world, including Delmarva, will be flying at half-staff for the next few days in memory of John Glenn, the pioneering astronaut and long-serving senator who died Thursday, Dec. 8 at the age of 95.
In memory of John Glenn, President Barack Obama ordered that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff effective immediately on Friday, December 9, 2016 until sunset on the day of interment (date not yet known). As a matter of protocol, the Maryland flag is lowered to half-staff as well, no flag may be higher than the United States flag.
The presidential proclamation states “as a mark of respect for the memory of John Glenn, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, on the day of interment. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.”
Glenn was an American aviator, engineer, astronaut, and United States Senator from Ohio. In 1962 he became the first American to orbit the Earth, circling three times.