Speaker of the House Paul Ryan just issued a press release informing Americans that the Reverend Bill Graham who died on Wednesday will lie in honor under the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday, February 28, 2017.
Rev. Billy Graham to Lie in Honor in U.S. Capitol Rotunda
February 22, 2018
WASHINGTON—On Wednesday, February 28, the late Rev. Billy Graham will be brought to the U.S. Capitol, where he will lie in honor in the Rotunda until Thursday, March 1. Members of the public and Capitol Hill community are invited to pay their respects to the late reverend while he lies in rest. Further logistical information and media guidance will be issued in the coming days.
Upon the arrival of Rev. Graham’s casket, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will take part in a bicameral service.
Rev. Billy Graham was an American evangelist and minister, internationally known for his devout faith, inherent humility, and inclusive nature. Born in 1918, he spread the gospel in 185 countries during his 99 years on Earth, touching the lives of many and forever changing the course of the world’s spiritual health. He served as an advisor to 12 consecutive U.S. presidents and reached millions more through radio, television, and film. Rev. Graham is survived by his five children and multiple grand- and great-grandchildren, fellow North Carolinians, and brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ.
Below is Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell’s letter to Reverend Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham.