Billy Graham to lie in honor at Capitol

February 28, 2018

Mourners from political leaders to members of the public will pay their respects to evangelist Billy Graham on Wednesday when he will lie in honor at the U.S. Capitol.

The Republican leaders of the House and Senate said they will take part in a bicameral service honoring the world-renowned evangelist, who died last week at age 99.

While numerous Americans - usually elected officials and military officers - have “lain in state” at the Capitol, only three other private citizens have “lain in honor” according to a House history of the tradition. Graham’s casket will be in the Capitol on Wednesday and Thursday.

The most recent one was Rosa Parks, the African-American civil rights hero who sparked the Montgomery bus boycott. She died in 2005.