Memorial Address for John Glenn
John Glenn was 10 years old, his
father, his hero, a veteran of World War I, taught him how to play "Taps" on
the bugle. They'd play together on Memorial Day in
New Concord [Ohio], small flags
and flowers next to gravesites -- gravestones of the fallen."
John would recall
that time and feeling when he said, where "Love of country was a given.
Defense of its ideals was an obligation." And, "The opportunity to join in
its [quests] and explorations was a challenge not only to fulfill a
sacred duty but to join a joyous adventure."
"The world knew,
[revered], and respected John, from Columbus to Cambodia, from
Washington to Beijing. He loved being a senator. He loved his
constituents and his colleagues. He loved his staff, many of whom are
here today. And, boy, did they love him back."
"And you could feel his love for
his country and for his state and for the Marine Corps. He was kind of
partial to NASA."
"I think John defined what it meant to be America, what
it meant to be an
American, what we were about -- just by how he acted. Always about
promise. We were a country of possibilities, opportunity. Always a belief
"The thing that I liked most about John
was he knew from his upbringing that ordinary Americans can do
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