Parade in Cocoa Beach, Florida, Honoring John Glenn's Spaceflight

Parade in Cocoa Beach Honoring John Glenn's Spaceflight

President John F. Kennedy (left), John Glenn and General Leighton I. Davis ride together during a parade in Cocoa Beach, Florida after Glenn's historic first U.S. human orbital spacefight.  Glenn returned to a hero’s welcome, including parades in Cape Canaveral, Florida; Washington, D.C.; and New York City. His flight meant that the United States could finally compete with Soviet successes in the Cold War space race.