Reverend Billy Graham to lie in honor at US Capitol

Evangelist Billy Graham preaching at Madison Square Garden, NYC.

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Evangelist Billy Graham preaching at Madison Square Garden, NYC.

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan says the Rev. Billy Graham’s body will lie in honor within the U.S. Capitol Rotunda For just two days next week.

Ryan says he’s inviting members of Congress in addition to the public to pay their respects to the man called “American’s Pastor” on Feb. 28 in addition to March 1.

the idea’s a rare honor for a private citizen to lie in honor at the Capitol. According to the U.S. House, civil rights hero Rosa Parks was the last to do so in 2005.

Graham died Wednesday in his sleep at his North Carolina home. He was 99.

Graham will lie in repose at his library in Charlotte on Monday in addition to Tuesday. His funeral is usually March 2 on the grounds of his library.

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