Fresno State flags at half-staff for Sen. John Glenn

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Fresno State flags at half-staff for Sen. John Glenn

In honor of the late former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn, Fresno State’s U.S. and California flags were lowered to half-staff today and will be posted at half-staff daily until sunset the day of his interment. Glenn, who died Dec. 8 at age 95, was the first American astronaut to orbit the earth. After serving four terms as a U.S. senator, he went back into space at age 77, becoming the world’s oldest astronaut. His burial date has not yet been set. President Barack Obama issued the half-staff decree today (Dec. 9) and University President Joseph I. Castro joined other CSU campuses in honoring the tribute. The Fresno State grounds have three posts: at the Save Mart Center (south side facing Shaw Avenue), the North Gym on Barstow Avenue and the Veterans Monument (next to the Thomas Building) which is a lighted, 24-hour flag station. INFO: Tom Uribes, 559.246.1717.