Reverend Billy Graham is only the fourth private citizen to lie in honor at the U.S. Capitol. World renowned evangelist was also a presidential adviser will receive this recognition. Reverend Billy Graham slept in the Lord on February 21, will be laid to rest on Friday March 2.
In this regard, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that Reverend Billy Graham, will lie in honor at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda from February 28- March 1. “So members of the public can pay their respects, the late Rev. Billy Graham will lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda from Feb. 28 to March 1,” he tweeted. Reverend Billy will be brought to the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, February 28.
Reverend Billy Graham’s body is currently in Charlotte, for public visitation placed at the Graham Family Homeplace at the Billy Graham Library. The Billy Graham Evangelical Association has announced that his funeral service will take place on March 2 at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina.
A spokesman of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association detailed that the funeral will be held in a tent paying tribute to Reverend Graham as his first crusade was held in a tent in in Los Angeles in 1949. Billy Graham’s body is placed inside a simple casket made of pine wood. He will be laid to rest beside his wife, Ruth Graham who slept in the Lord in 2007.
About 2300 invitations have been issued for the private funeral. Those invited include President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and other former U.S. presidents including George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. The White House said that President Donald Trump will be attending Reverend Billy’s funeral. President Trump ordered flags flown at half-staff in Graham’s honor.
Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura Bush, arrived for visitation in Charlotte on Monday, February 26, and paid their respects. Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, will not be attending the Reverend Graham’s funeral.
Reverend Graham, had long suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments. He passed away at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, at the age of 99. “It was described by his nurse and doctor as very peaceful passing. He was not in any pain,” Billy Graham Evangelical Association spokesman said.