A Day Of Honor And Remembrance In Washington For The Late Rev. Billy Graham

WASHINGTON, DC — A day of honor and remembrance in Washington Wednesday as the country’s top leaders, as well as thousands of citizens pay their respects to the Rev. Billy Graham.

It is a rare American honor to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda.

Before the public was allowed inside, the country’s top leaders gathered for a memorial service.

“Billy knew better than anyone that fame, and an impressive rolodex weren’t the real standards of success,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “His aim was simpler. Sharing the good news with as many as he possibly could.”

President Trump also spoke during the service saying, “We can only imagine the number of lives touched, by the preaching and prayers of Billy Graham. The hearts he changed, the sorrows he eased, and the joy he brought to so many.”

After the service, the Capitol Rotunda was opened to the public.

Thousands filed past Reverend Billy Graham’s simple pine and plywood casket to pay their respects to America’s pastor.

Many got to shake hands or hug Graham family members, including son Franklin and grandson Army Major Edward Graham. Many also shared stories about how the Rev. Graham changed their lives.

The lying in honor period will end tomorrow morning at 10 am, while the public viewing portion came to a close tonight.

Billy Graham’s body will be brought back to Charlotte tomorrow. He will be buried Friday following a noon funeral.