John Herschel Glenn Jr. was an American aviator, engineer, astronaut, and United States Senator from Ohio. His life was one of service to his country: through wartime as a distinguished fighter pilot in World War II and the Korean War; as a test pilot selected by NASA to be the first American astronaut to orbit the earth and later the oldest person to fly in the space shuttle; and as a senator for a quarter of a century. He received numerous awards and honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in recognition of such significant public service.
In his personal life Glenn served as an inspiration. His wife, Annie who suffered from a severe stutter and is an advocate for people with disabilities and communication disorders, was the "love of his life" and their marriage lasted until his death, a period of 73 years. His NASA friend Charles Bolden said that Glenn's marriage was an example of "unending love, with undying respect and admiration for each other" that we can all learn from. He also spoke publicly of his faith in God and how his experience in space reinforced his belief in a creator, noting that he found no contradiction between such faith and scientific facts.
From the viewpoint of Unification Thought, John Glenn was successful on the family level as well as serving his country publicly throughout his life. His recognition of the compatibility of faith in God with the knowledge science provides of the physical world is also a sign of his consciousness of the age in which he lived, a providential time in which science and religion are to come together to fulfill the ideal world.