Procession for world-renowned evangelist Rev. Billy Graham

All living US presidents expected to attend funeral of Billy Graham

Billy Graham, preached to the Queen at Sandringham and 63,000 people at Carrow Road in Norwich in 1984, sparking the start of thousands of people's Christian commitment across Norfolk.

The funeral will take place under a tent, a reference to Graham's earliest crusades. At least eight black SUVs and a hearse are a part of the transport.

According to the Charlotte City Council's meeting agenda, Lyles is expected to read the proclamation during Monday evening's council meeting to recognize March 2, 2018, as "Billy Graham Day". His coffin was built by inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana, who typically construct caskets for fellow prisoners who can not afford one. Graham's casket will then arrive at the Capitol on Wednesday, the 28th, and after arriving House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will take part in a bicameral service. Graham will also lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday and Thursday, the first time a private citizen has been accorded such recognition since civil rights hero Rosa Parks in 2005.

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Making the announcement, Lee Searle, Director of Ministry, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association UK, said: "Throughout his ministry, Billy Graham was a pioneer in the use of technology to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ by every effective means available".

About 2,300 people are being invited to the funeral, including President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and all of the living former US presidents. It will be a private funeral, followed by the burial. A Graham spokesman said Former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush will pay their respects in Charlotte Monday afternoon.

Live updates of the funeral will be aired on WBTV.

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