Ohio push seeks John and Annie Glenn congressional medal

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposal in their home state to award John and Annie Glenn a congressional medal has had its first hearing.

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FILE - In this May 14, 2015, file photo, former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn, right, speaks beside his wife Annie during a news conference at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. A resolution gets its first airing in the Ohio House on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, urging Congress to award the late astronaut and his widow with the the Congressional Medal of Honor. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)


The resolution heard Tuesday urges Congress to recognize the late astronaut and his widow because they inspired a generation of Americans, gave back to the country through public service and "made our nation a better place."

The original legislation mistakenly sought a Congressional Medal of Honor, a military recognition. The sponsor says that will be changed to a Congressional Gold Medal.

John Glenn died Dec. 8 at 95. He was the first American to orbit Earth, a long-time Democratic U.S. senator and founder of a public affairs college at Ohio State University.

Annie Glenn, 97, overcame a debilitating stutter to become a leading advocate for Americans with communicative disorders.