Crews Prepare For Graham's Funeral

Cheryl Sanders
March 2, 2018

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association members say special precautions have been made to make sure the tent is ready for the expected wind gusts on Friday, which could reach about 35 miles per hour. Long gone are the days when faith was given a fair hearing in the public square or when the input of religious leaders was seriously valued by those concerned with the common good. They are all friends who sang for Graham at his home in recent years, DeMoss said, adding: "They're not just artists".

Graham died last week at the age of 99 after a lifetime devoted to spreading the Gospel.

The funeral serves as the culmination of more than a week of tributes that included crowds lining the road for a procession from his home in the mountains to Charlotte, where Graham grew up. The Rotunda entrances were draped with black fabric, and Graham's casket rested on a black-draped catafalque beneath the soaring ceiling and its painting, the "Apotheosis of Washington".

Graham met every president back to Harry Truman and counseled a lot of them.

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.

Nonetheless, Graham ministered to other presidents until his health began to fail about 10 years ago.

Graham felt burned by former President Richard Nixon for years.

Only one living US president will be attending the Rev. Billy Graham's funeral this week. Graham counselled him as Arkansas Governor, and later as President in the White House itself.

A spokesman for former president George H.W. Bush told the Citizen Times that he and his wife, Barbara, are unable to travel to Charlotte, and a representative for former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that "he regrets he can not attend". Daniel Inouye of Hawaii in 2012, according to the House and the Architect of the Capitol. "And it's very fitting that we do so right here in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol, where the memory of the American people is enshrined", Trump said.

Billy Graham is only the fourth private citizen to lie in honour at the Capitol, the first since Rosa Parks did so in 2005.

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