John Glenn’s hometown plans tribute

A Sept. 1966 edition of LIFE Magazine bearing the likeness of John Glenn rests in a showcase at the John & Annie Glenn Museum, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in New Concord, Ohio. Glenn was the first American to orbit Earth, piloting Friendship 7 around the planet three times in 1962. Glenn, as a U.S. senator at age 77, also became the oldest person in space by orbiting Earth with six astronauts aboard shuttle Discovery in 1998. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NEW CONCORD, OH (WCMH) — Plans in New Concord to honor hometown hero John Glenn are slowly coming together, but for now it’s flowers and balloons placed at the John and Annie Glenn Museum along with a “Godspeed John Glenn banner showing the respect folks have for the couple.

Jane Castor spoke with NBC4 about her relatives John and Annie Glenn, calling John just a normal guy around the village.


“Everybody here in town just knew John as John you know, and the fact he was a hero was ok, it was just accepted well and nobody put him on a pedestal because he wouldn’t have wanted that you know,” said Annie’s cousin Jane Castor.


One of Glenn’s children broke the news of John’s death to her.


“I know he is at rest and I know he is in heaven, what could be better?,” said Castor.


Don McKendry of New Concord said he has known John and Annie Glenn his whole life.

“American has one less hero,” McKendry said. As a teenager, Glenn came into McKendry’s father’s grocery store.

McKendry talked about moving Glenn’s home onto Main Street along the National Highway, saying at first Glenn baulked at the idea of his home as a museum.

“When we convinced him we were going to use it as an educational site, to inspire and teach American history he became very interested,” McKendry said.

He said he helped convince the village to start the Glenn Museum.

“There are going to be other astronauts, but there is never going to be another first American to orbit the earth,” said McKendry.

Although the village and family are mourning Glenn’s death, most said they knew he was very ill.

“I wasn’t surprised really, I had seen a recent picture and knew he really wasn’t too well,” Castor said.


There have been a steady stream of visitors here either dropping off flowers and balloons or just taking pictures. The museum will be open Saturday and Sunday 1 to 4 in the afternoon. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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