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Short North paying tribute during John Glenn procession

Parking restrictions and tributes underway for Saturday's John Glenn procession.

In so many ways, across so many eras, John Glenn lived a life of service.

Friday teams of people worked inside the Mershon Auditorium to finalize the celebration of that life of service.

Glenn's procession, led by dozens of US Marines from the nation's capital, will travel up High Street through the Short North.

"It's a significant moment for Columbus," said Betsy Pandora with the Short North Alliance.

She said the community is honored to take part.

"Many business owners have taken it upon themselves to acknowledge the senator through their holiday window displays," said Pandora.

At Tigertree, that includes a paper version of Glenn's spacecraft, Friendship 7. At Pursuit, a space man in the spotlight stands in the window display. And at businesses throughout the neighborhood, cards honoring Glenn are being distributed.

"We're passing out cards for the John Glenn processional that's coming through tomorrow," said Pandora.

"On one side there's an American flag, on the other side, 'Godspeed.' So if folks want to come out and witness the procession and show their acknowledgment to the senator they can visit our businesses to receive those special cards" said Pandora.

They are small gestures in recognition of a monumental life.

"We're pleased we could play a small role in helping people remember the legacy of John Glenn."

Lots are also offering free parking for the Glenn procession.