Photos: ‘Billy Graham’s Last Crusade’ Pays Tribute To The Life And Legacy Of ‘America’s Pastor’

Reverend Billy Graham was laid to rest on Friday, with those in attendance and watching the live service online celebrating Graham’s faithfulness to sharing the Gospel message of the love of Jesus Christ.

Hundreds gathered during the private funeral service for “America’s Pastor,” including President Trump, First Lady Melania, Vice President Pence and his wife Karen.

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The presidential couples were joined by hundreds of other dignitaries at the service, Charlotte Observer reports:

The pope’s representative in the United States, Papal Nuncio Christophe Pierre, had a front-row seat for the funeral, next to Gov. Roy Cooper, the Trumps and Pences. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York, who leads the second largest Catholic diocese in the United States, was also scheduled to attend.

According to the report, other attendees included:

New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Cabinet member Ben Carson, Senator Thom Tillis, Senator Richard Burr, Congressman Robert Pittenger, Congresswoman Alma Adams, Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, Luci Baines Johnson and commentator Greta Van Susteren. Panthers owner Jerry Richardson also attended.

Other big names at the funeral included Kathie Lee Gifford; evangelist Jim Bakker; Steven Furtick, pastor of Elevation Church; country singer Ricky Skaggs; Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University; former New York Yankee Bobby Richardson; and pastor Joel Osteen.

Daily Mail reports that ahead of the service, Kathie Lee Gifford tearfully expressed to members of the media that Reverend Graham was “the best friend I ever had.”

Here are more photos from the service, courtesy of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association:

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Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Graham passed away of natural causes at his North Carolina home, Daily Mail reports. He was seen as a “spiritual leader to hundreds of millions of Americans as well as multiple presidents.” The Reverend was survived by his wife, Ruth, his five children and 19 grandchildren.

And, from Fox News:

Graham was a counselor to U.S. presidents of both parties, from Dwight Eisenhower to George W. Bush. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor.

More than anyone else, Graham built evangelicalism into a force that rivaled liberal Protestantism and Roman Catholicism in the U.S. His leadership summits and crusades in more than 185 countries and territories forged powerful global links among conservative Christians and threw a lifeline to believers in the communist bloc.

A tall, striking man with thick, swept-back hair, stark blue eyes and a firm jaw, Graham was a commanding presence in the pulpit, with a powerful baritone voice.

Here are more photos, courtesy of Daily Mail:

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And, from Daily Mail:

Graham was a confidant to President Dwight Eisenhower and President George W. Bush, as well as many of the men that served in between those two leaders.

President Reagan gave Graham the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1983, and when the Billy Graham Museum and Library was dedicated back in 2007, George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton were among those in attendance.

‘When he prays with you in the Oval Office or upstairs in the White House, you feel he’s praying for you, not the president, said Clinton in his speech that day.

Graham also traveled extensively, giving leadership summits and preaching over 185 countries while also becoming the first spiritual leader to take advantage of telecasts, reaching millions through television and radio appearances.

Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.

DISCLAIMER: Views expressed in articles do not necessarily reflect the views held by Sarah Palin.


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