On Wednesday and Thursday, Rev. Billy Graham will lay in honor on Capitol Hill. During the memorial on February 28th, President Trump delivered remark, celebrating his impact on Christianity and remembering the time that he saw Billy Graham preach.
President Trump said that Graham was a "very special man," and he will be sorely missed by Christians, as well as people of other religions, according to CBS News.
Trump also spoke of the honor that's being bestowed on Graham. He's the first private citizen to lie in honor at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda since civil rights hero Rosa Parks in 2005.
Trump noted that Graham's "endless" testimony through his life made it "fitting" for him to be remembered him in the Capitol's rotunda, surrounded by paintings of men of faith.
"The testimony is endless," Mr. Trump said. "Today we give thanks for this extraordinary life. And it's very fitting that we do so right here in the rotunda of the United Staes Capitol, where the memory of the American people is enshrined. Here in this room, we remember America is a nation sustained by prayer."
The president went on to describe the kind of message that Graham spread. He said that wherever Graham went—whether that was the U.S., Europe, or the U.S.S.R., he taught the same "beautiful" message—"God loves you."
The president called also Graham an "ambassador for Christ," adding "Thank you. God bless you. And God bless America."
In the remarks, President Trump also talked about his personal attachment to Billy Graham. He recalled going to hear him preach at the Yankee Stadium as a child. He also fondly described how much his father, Fred Trump, admired the man known as "America's pastor."
"Fred Trump was a big fan. Fred Trump was my father," Mr. Trump said.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan also added his remarks to the memorial. He described how Graham's "infectious" love for people "never diminished," but instead called people to reflect and repent.
"When our country was on its knees he reminded us, he convinced us, that is exactly when we find our grace and our strength," said Ryan.
"Few loved others as Billy Graham did, and few were as beloved as he was," Ryan continued. "Here lies America's pastor, a man made great not by who he was, but by who he served, with all of his heart and all of his soul, and all of his mind."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also added his own thoughts. He noted that Graham is much more than just the personal success story of a small-town boy.
"At first blush, the life of Billy Graham sounds like a personal success story," McConnell said. "But the most remarkable thing about Billy Graham is that this isn't his story."
The most important thing for Graham was preaching the gospel, said McConnell.