Congress is reserving one of the nation’s greatest distinctions for the Rev. Billy Graham, selecting him to lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda next Wednesday and Thursday.
America’s most famous evangelist died Wednesday at his home in North Carolina at age 99.
The Rotunda has long been considered the most suitable place for the nation to pay final tribute to its most eminent citizens. Among those who have lain in state or in honor in the Rotunda are 12 former presidents, including Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, former military commanders Douglas MacArthur, George Dewey and John Pershing, and civil rights icon Rosa Parks.
From Dave Brat’s Facebook page:
Rev. Billy Graham’s body will lie in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda next week from Wednesday, February 28, to Thursday, March 1 and members of the public are invited to pay their respects. Public viewing is scheduled from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, February 28th. If you plan to go, please visit the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) to get through security. To learn more about visiting the US Capitol and what not to bring for security purposes, please follow this link: https://www.visitthecapitol.gov/plan-visit/prohibited-items
Note that public parking is not available near the Capitol complex. A service will be held upon the arrival of Rev. Graham’s casket at the US Capitol.
Further from ABC News:
The two-day viewing in Washington on Feb. 28 and March 1 will be part of nine days of mourning for postwar America’s most famous evangelist, who died Wednesday at his home in North Carolina’s mountains at age 99.
“America’s Pastor” will be laid to rest March 2 at the foot of a cross-shaped walkway at the worldwide headquarters of his evangelical empire in Charlotte, buried in a simple prison-made plywood coffin next to his wife, Ruth, who died in 2007.
His tombstone will read “Preacher of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.”