Billy Graham, who was nicknamed "America's Pastor," spent a substantial amount of his time advising US presidents. And now, the Daily Caller writes that America's former presidents have been invited to pay their respect to this great twentieth-century evangelist.
The Daily Caller writes that among the millions of Americans who were influenced by Graham, a number of United States presidents were among them, ranging from Harry Truman to Donald Trump. Also among those who personally knew Graham was Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. Although some presidents were influenced by his preaching more than others, all presidents recognized him as a towering figure of American Christianity, and as a result, all of them permitted Graham to have their ear.
All living former presidents have therefore been invited to attend Graham's funeral. It is certainly possible, furthermore, that all of them will choose to attend.
USA Today reports that the funeral will be private and by invitation only, with roughly 2,300 invitations going out. Those who will be invited will also include the current president, Donald Trump, as well as Vice President Mike Pence. Franklin Graham will speak at the funeral service, along with Graham's four other children.
Graham's body will lie in repose on Monday and Tuesday at the Graham Family Homeplace at the Billy Graham Library. During these days, the public will be able to pay respect to America's pastor from 8 am to 10 pm.
Then Graham’s body will be moved from Morris Funeral Home in Asheville to the Billy Graham Training Center in Swannanoa at 3 pm on Thursday, according to USA Today. The movement of Graham’s body will be private. Graham’s body will leave the Cove before noon on Saturday for Charlotte, arriving at the Billy Graham Library at around 3 pm. More details will be released on Thursday.
The Charlotte Observer notes that three surviving US presidents were present when the Billy Graham library was dedicated in Charlotte in 2007. As a result, it makes sense to conclude that as many or more will attend Graham’s memorials and funeral next week.
Donald Trump, Jimmy Carter, George Bush, George H.W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Bill Clinton have all released statements within the past day celebrating the evangelist and his tremendous life. Even Queen Elizabeth, who was a friend of Graham, has plans to reach out to the family with private condolences. It has been wondered whether Queen Elizabeth may attend Graham’s funeral, but this is unlikely, despite the friendship shared between the two.
Currently, President Trump is a particularly close friend of Billy Graham’s son, Franklin Graham. Trump pinned a tweet at the top of his Twitter page on Wednesday where he noted that Graham will be “missed by Christians and all religions.” George H.W. Bush sent out a statement calling Graham “America’s pastor.” Bill Clinton then called Graham one of America’s “most important religious leaders.”
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