Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Burgum orders flags at half-staff for Rev. Billy Graham on Friday

A South Carolina church was vandalized with satanic messages involving Billy Graham Burgum orders flags at half-staff for Rev. Billy Graham on Friday
Melinda Barton | 01 March, 2018, 20:08

Graham had a big impact on the nation's leaders and for decades advised United States presidents from Gen. Dwight Eisenhower to George W. Bush.

"If there is such a thing as a humble shepherd of the Lord, Billy Graham is that person", Bush said.

President Donald Trump plans to attend the funeral, held in a tent as a nod to Graham's 1949 crusade in Los Angeles. Clinton spoke with Graham's son Franklin for several minutes.

Bush has said he chose Monday to pay his respects because of a scheduling conflict with Graham's funeral in Charlotte on Friday.

Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all North Dakota government agencies to fly the USA and state flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday as a mark of respect for the memory of Billy Graham.

Public viewing will continue today at Graham's Charlotte library on the campus of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Former President Bill Clinton first saw the late Rev. Billy Graham as a boy when a Sunday School teacher brought him to a football stadium for a crusade.

Noting Graham's close relationship with him and other presidents over six decades, Clinton said he agrees with people who say religion and politics shouldn't mix too much.

Missy Robertson, of A&E's 'Duck Dynasty, ' paid tribute to the late Rev. Billy Graham, during an appearance on FOX Business on Tuesday.

Graham will be only the fourth private citizen to lie in honor, following civil rights icon Rosa Parks in 2005 and two slain Capitol Police officers in 1998, the Architect of the Capitol's records say.

Clinton said many people were pressuring Graham to preach to whites only, but the reverend refused. Graham's casket returns to Charlotte for burial Friday. The man called "America's Pastor" is lying in repose in a closed casket at the home his father built in 1927 on their Charlotte dairy farm, which was long ago swallowed by urban sprawl. He will be laid to rest beside his wife, Ruth Graham who slept in the Lord in 2007. Graham's viewing in the rotunda will occur February 28 and March 1.