12.17.16

Patrick And Marcelle Leahy Pay Respects To John Glenn At Memorial Service In Columbus

COLUMBUS (SATURDAY, Dec. 17, 2016) – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and his wife Marcelle Leahy on Saturday attended the memorial service here for the late former Senator John Glenn (D-Ohio).  The Leahys and Glenns enjoyed an especially close bond of friendship in the United States Senate.

The Leahys traveled to Columbus with Vice President Biden and Jill Biden, aboard the Vice President’s plane.

“We met when John and I came to the Senate.  Our friendship crystalized in an instant, and it blossomed and endured for years,” said Patrick Leahy.  “We worked side by side, we spent time together, and Marcelle and I traveled together with John and Annie on Senate delegations to such countries as China and Vietnam.”

Leahy continued:

“Of the 371 senators I have served with, John stands out, for his decency, for his courage, and for his optimism about our country.  It also was a joy and a tonic to see and feel the deep and everlasting bond of love and affection that John and Annie lived, each and every day.”

“He was at the cusp of a generation of leaders who sought to challenge and inspire us.”

“Godspeed, John Glenn.  Our prayers, our hearts and a grateful nation’s admiration are with you and Annie.”

Leahy also released a gallery of photos of John and Annie Glenn that he has drawn from his archives.

These PHOTOS (LINK, BELOW) are available for immediate use:

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