President Trump, high-ranking government officials and most members of Congress pay tribute to Rev. Billy Graham on Wednesday in the US Capitol, as the evangelical leader's panel was located in the rotunda
The late minister left Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and lawmakers quiet while Graham's coffin was placed on an elevated box called a catafalque built by the Capitol's official architect. It is made of wood and draped in a black cloth.
Trump, spokesman Paul D. Ryan (R-WIS) and Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Should Make Remarks.
The 99-year-old world-renowned evangelical leader died on February 21 at his home in Montreat, North Carolina. Private and National Honors Are For Over
When his body was driven to Charlotte Saturday from Asheville, North Carolina, the motorcade was greeted by thousands of admirers along the route, including many waving Bibles and US flags. On Monday and Tuesday, thousands of people – including former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton – came to honor his family library.
Graham is buried on Friday in a private family service in Charlotte, where Trump is to attend.
The honor in the rotunda is extremely rare. Thirty-two other services were held for people in the rotunda, beginning with Kentucky Sen. Henry Clay in 1852 and last for the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) in 2012.
The remains of unknown soldiers from The World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War have received the honor, as have ten US Presidents – from Abraham Lincoln to Gerald R. Ford. In 1998, Congress approved the use of the rotunda for two Capitol police officers on duty to "honor to lie".
Graham becomes only the fourth private citizen – according to Pierre Charles L & # 39; Enfant, the planner of the District of Columbia; former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover; and civil rights activist Rosa Parks – "in honor". He is the first member of the clergy to receive the tribute.
Michelle Boorstein contributed to this report at