Rev. Billy Graham Lies in Honor in U.S. Capitol Rotunda, President Trump Orders Flag to Half Staff Friday

american flag at half staff featured.fwPresident Donald Trump has ordered the U.S. flag to be flown at half staff from sunrise to sunset on March 2 in honor of Rev. Billy Graham, who died Feb. 21.

As a matter of protocol, the Maryland flag will be lowered to half staff as well because no flag may fly higher than the United States flag. You can find the Presidents proclamation, here.

Graham, an evangelical minister and spiritual confidant to American presidents, died at the age of 99 on Feb. 21.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement Feb. 22. that Graham will lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol rotunda.

Graham’s casket was placed in the Capitol Rotunda Wednesday where it will lye in honor through Thursday, March 1. Members of the public are invited to pay their respects.

President Trump released the following statement regarding the death of Reverend Billy Graham:

“Melania and I join millions of people around the world in mourning the passing of Billy Graham.  Our prayers are with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all who worked closely with Reverend Graham in his lifelong ministry.

“Billy’s acceptance of Jesus Christ around his seventeenth birthday not only changed his life—it changed our country and the world.  He was one of the towering figures of the last 100 years—an American hero whose life and leadership truly earned him the title “God’s Ambassador.”

“Billy’s unshakeable belief in the power of God’s word to transform hearts gave hope to all who listened to his simple message: “God loves you.”  He carried this message around the world through his crusades, bringing entire generations to faith in Jesus Christ.

“In the wake of the September 11th attacks in 2001, America turned to Billy Graham at the National Cathedral, who told us, “God can be trusted, even when life seems at its darkest.”

“Reverend Graham would be the first to say that he did not do it alone. Before her passing, his wife Ruth was by his side through it all—a true partner, a wonderful mother, and a fellow missionary soul.  He also built an international team and institution that will continue to carry on Christ’s message.

“Melania and I were privileged to get to know Reverend Graham and his extraordinary family over the last several years, and we are deeply grateful for their love and support.

“Billy Graham was truly one of a kind.  Christians and people of all faiths and backgrounds will miss him dearly. We are thinking of him today, finally at home in Heaven.”

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