Astronaut John Glenn receives a hero’s sendoff

Astronaut John Glenn receives a hero's sendoff

American hero astronaut John Glenn died last week at the age of 95, after a life that almost defies explanation. One of the first men into space, Glenn, a United States Marine pilot, became a national hero when he became the first American to orbit the earth. Later, as a sitting senator at the age of 77, Glenn went into space again, this time in a shuttle on what was likely a much more comfortable trip. Between these two trips, John Glenn lived a life defined by celebrity, heroism, and public service. Now that hero will receive a hero’s send-off.

Glenn lay in state in Ohio, where services celebrating his life and his accomplishments were held, before being interred at Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place of countless American heroes. If anyone has earned a spot in Arlington, Glenn has. Defense Secretary Ash Carter offered this statement on a man who, more than just about anyone, was a living legend of mythical proportions in the United States, “Throughout his life, Senator John Glenn embodied the right stuff… Our military, in particular, benefited from his courage and dedication … But just as important as what John Glenn accomplished is how he accomplished it: with a combination of fierce determination and profound humility, and always with integrity.”

Integrity, bravery, and humility —these qualities have long since defined American heroes, but few have lived up to the title as well as Glenn, who coupled a fierce resolve with unshakable confidence and a deep and abiding love of country. Glenn was comfortable on the big stage, but never quite left Ohio behind. He was not only a hero but a benchmark of what came to be known as The Greatest Generation.

To his friends, Glenn embodied the “what you see is what you get” qualities so prized by his generation and those that they raised. He was strong and blunt, but he rounded off his sharp edges with a quick wit, often employed at his own expense. The man whom generations of Americans grew up revering managed to never take himself too seriously.

John Glenn managed to let his work do his talking and largely allowed others to sing his praises, something they will likely be doing in this country – and in many parts of the world – for generations to come.

About Ronn Torossian

Ronn Torossian is the Founder and CEO of 5W Public Relations. He is an experienced leader in the public relations industry with over 20 years of experience. Ronn Torossian has been named as Public Relations executive of the year by the American Business Awards, and has run countless award-winning Public Relations programs.

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Ronn Torossian

Ronn Torossian is the Founder and Chairman of 5WPR, one of the largest independently-owned PR firms in the United States. With over 25 years of experience crafting and executing powerful narratives, Torossian is one of America’s most prolific and well-respected Public Relations professionals. Since founding 5WPR in 2003, he has led the company’s growth, overseeing more than 275 professionals. With clients spanning corporate, technology, consumer and crisis, in addition to digital marketing and public affairs capabilities, 5WPR is regularly recognized as an industry leader and has been named “PR Agency of the Year” by the American Business Awards on multiple occasions. Throughout his career, Torossian has worked with some of the world’s most visible companies, brands and organizations. His strategic, resourceful approach has been recognized with numerous awards including being named the Stevie American Business Awards 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year, the American Business Awards PR Executive of the Year, twice over, an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalist, Metropolitan Magazine’s Most Influential New Yorker, a 2020 Top Crisis Communications Professional by Business Insider, and a recipient of Crain’s New York 2021 Most Notable in Marketing & PR. Torossian is known as one of the country’s foremost experts on crisis communications, and is called on to counsel blue chip companies, top business executives and entrepreneurs both in the United States and worldwide. Torossian has lectured on crisis PR at Harvard Business School, appears regularly on CNN & CNBC, is a contributing columnist for Forbes and the New York Observer, and has authored two editions of his book, “For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results With Game-Changing Public Relations,” which is an industry best-seller. A NYC native, Torossian is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and active in numerous charities.

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