Trump joins mourners at Billy Graham's funeral

Billy Graham funeral: Evangelist's children carry on crusade

The Rev. Billy Graham's casket has arrived at the U.S. Capitol for a rare salute by the nation's political leaders.

Mr. Graham died at his mountain home in Montreat, N. C., on February 21. According to his doctor, Rev. According to his doctor, Graham "just wore out", passing peacefully in his sleep. No one was with him except a nurse.

The service will also be streamed live online.

- The funeral's prelude music was provided by John Innes, who was the staff musician for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association beginning in 1965. His body was flown to Washington, giving politicians at least one morning to put aside their bitter differences in honor of an evangelist who came to embrace a gentle, unifying message.

"I believe, from Heaven's perspective, that my father's death is as significant as his life". His funeral was no different. "That's when I got to hear him face to face", she said.

Standing behind the same pulpit his father preached behind on many of his crusades in the 1990s, Franklin Graham delivered a powerful message eulogizing his father. In his remark, he stated that Billy Graham was a humble shepherd of the Lord, and he was unbelievably blessed to have met him. Don't you believe a word of it!

"I think there's going to be some changes", he told reporters at the time.

On Friday, March 2, a private funeral service will be held in Charlotte, where Mr.

Some of Graham's guests included Sarah Palin, Joel Osteen, Steve Curtis, Rudy Giuliani, Kathie L Gifford, Jerry Richardson, Rick Warren and Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

Air Force One landed in Charlotte shortly before 11:15 a.m. "The Graham family has long considered that his funeral eventually would really be his last crusade". Billy and Ruth Grahams' caskets were built by inmate Richard "Grasshopper" Liggett, with the help of others. Some 30 family members accompanied Graham's casket to Washington, where he befriended presidents of both parties and counseled others during seven decades.

Supreme Court Associate Justices Neil Gorsuch and Samuel Alito Jr. and a slew of Congressional leaders were among the dignitaries at a ceremony this week at the U.S. Capitol, where Graham's remains lay in honor.

"And it was something very special", Trump said. "I am deeply touched and grateful".

"Here lies America's pastor", said House Speaker Paul Ryan, gesturing to Graham's casket under the eye of the dome, surrounded by family, friends, lawmakers and a ring of paintings of the nation's founders. The others are two U.S. Capitol Police officers who died in the line of duty in 1998 and civil rights hero Rosa Parks in 2005.

President Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence are expected to attend.

Graham said back then that there were reasons for optimism regarding North Korea's future.

"Everywhere he went he gave the same attractive message".

Trump also prayed for America, saying "all across this land the Lord will raise up men and women like Billy Graham to spread a message of love and hope to every precious child of God". Clinton flew into Charlotte to pay his respects on Tuesday. Wilton visited Graham in Montreat nearly weekly in recent years, and traveled with the family to Washington this week.

Another of Graham's favorite hymns, "Because He Lives" was performed by the Gaither Vocal Band during the service.

The event that affected me the most was in the early sixties when Billy Graham was invited to lead in a religious emphasis week while I was a student majoring in philosophy at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem.

When the Billy Graham Library was dedicated here in 2007, Presidents Carter, George H.W. Bush, and Clinton were all in attendance.

"Daddy, I won't see you on this earth again". I'll see you maybe soon. "I feel like I'm at my own funeral", Graham said at the time.

"Amazing Grace" played by bagpipes concluded the service.

Afterward, Billy Graham will be buried next to his wife in a memorial prayer garden at the library, with his grandchildren serving as pallbearers.



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