The Glenn legacy cannot be denied

At a time when skepticism about those to whom we look up is high, Ohioans are fortunate to have two heroes about whom there is no question at all. They are Annie Glenn and her husband, the late John Glenn.

On Sunday, the John and Annie Glenn Museum in New Concord, Muskingum County, is to be dedicated as a site on the National Register of Historic Places. It is in the house where John Glenn grew up.

Glenn did it all, in a way. He flew 57 combat missions as a Marine pilot in World War II. He shot down three enemy aircraft during the Korean War. Then he became a test pilot — before, as an astronaut, he helped lead Americans into space.

And oh, yes, he served Ohio in the U.S. Senate for nearly a quarter-century. He passed away in 2016.

Annie Glenn, at 99 years of age, continues to be involved in a variety of worthy causes. She has been honored as a role model for those coping with communications disorders.

Young people today are urged often to question the label “hero.” Frankly, with the options paraded before them these days, there is good reason. Taking them on a visit to the Glenn museum — it’s only about an hour away — would be a good way to show them the real thing does exist.


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