President Trump Attends Rev. Billy Graham's Memorial

President Trump Attends Rev. Billy Graham's Memorial

The service will be held at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina. While he adopted many "conservative" opinions, for example, on the equality and rights of women, or full inclusion of LGBTQ persons, he also took risks more typically described as "liberal" for causes like racial integration and limiting the nuclear arms race.

Mourners filed quietly into the ornate Rotunda under the Capitol's massive dome, as a military honor guard carried Graham's casket from a hearse up the steps for the somber ceremony.

The House and Senate then went ahead and approved a resolution providing for Graham to "lie in honour" in the Rotunda.

Thousands lined up along the route to pay respects to Billy Graham as the motorcade bearing his body made its way from Asheville, N.C.to Charlotte.

The two got in line at 9:30 a.m.so they could be among the first to go inside when doors opened to the public at 1 p.m. Viewings were scheduled to continue until 8 p.m. Wednesday before resuming on Thursday.

Known as the pastor to the presidents, Graham met with 12 sitting US presidents, from Harry Truman to Barack Obama. Graham said what moved him the most Monday were the dozens who paused and told him the exact moment and place Rev.

As the body of the evangelical leader lay in honor in the Rotunda, Trump and congressional leaders delivered brief speeches praising Graham and Congress' chaplains offered prayers.

The resolution highlighted some of Graham's achievements during his life and ministry, such as that he counseled every US president since Harry Truman, preached to 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories on six continents and founded the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Watch above, via the White House.

"Such a high government honor for someone exclusively for their work spreading an interpretation of one faith offends the spirit of our First Amendment's guarantee that government will not take actions that endorse or promote religion", the secular group said in a statement. He told reporters that nearly immediately upon hearing of Graham's death he, Mr Trump, Mr McConnell and Patrick McHenry, who represents the Graham family's district, agreed it would happen.

"We can only imagine the number of lives touched by the preaching and the prayers of Billy Graham - the hearts he changed, the sorrows he eased, and the joy he brought to so many".

The tradition of lying in state began in in 1852 with the death of Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii in 2012, according to the House and the Architect of the Capitol.

The pine casket carrying Graham will lie in honor in the Rotunda on Wednesday.

Graham is the fourth private citizen to receive this honor.

Graham, an evangelical preacher who spoke to millions in his lifetime, died February 21 at age 99.

The funeral will be held on Friday in a tent in the main parking lot of Graham's library in tribute to the 1949 Los Angeles tent revivals that propelled him to global fame, family spokesman Mark DeMoss said.

Some 2,300 invitations were sent out for Graham's private funeral. He also became close friends with President Lyndon Johnson and preached at the former president's funeral.

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