President Trump Honors Rev. Billy Graham At The Capitol

U.S. Capitol
Washington, D.C.

11:21 A.M. EST

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THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Speaker Ryan and Leader McConnell.  And, most importantly, thank you to the entire Graham family for honoring us with your presence here today.  Thank you.

In the spring of 1934, Billy Graham’s father allowed a group of Charlotte businessmen to use a portion of the family’s dairy farm to gather for a day of prayer.

On that day, the men prayed for the city.  They prayed that, “Out of Charlotte, the Lord would raise up someone to preach the Gospel to the ends of the Earth.”

We are here today, more than 80 years later, because that prayer was truly answered.

Billy Graham was 15 years old at the time.  Just a few months later, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

That choice didn’t just change Billy’s life — it changed our lives.  It changed our country, and it changed, in fact, the entire world.

The North Carolina farm boy walked out of those fields, into a great and beautiful history.  Starting at a small Bible school in Florida, he soon led a nationwide revival — from a large tent in Los Angeles, to 100,000 people in a single day at Yankee Stadium, to more than 2 million people at Madison Square Garden, over 16 weeks in 1957.

And I remember that, because my father said to me, “Come on, son” — and, by the way, he said, “Come on, mom.  Let’s go see Billy Graham at Yankee Stadium.”  And it was something very special.

But Americans came in droves to hear that great young preacher.  Fred Trump was a big fan.  Fred Trump was my father.

In London, Tokyo, Seoul, Bogota, Moscow, New Delhi, Saigon, Johannesburg, and scores of other places all over the world, Reverend Graham shared the power of God’s word with more than 200 million people, in person, and countless others through television and radio where people loved to watch and listen.

In 1978, with the support of the Catholic Bishop who would soon become Pope John Paul II, Reverend Graham went to Poland and spoke of the meaning of the cross to a people suffering under the soulless oppression of communism.

Billy Graham carried his message around the world, but his heart, as Franklin will tell you, was always in America.

He took his message to the poorest places, to the downtrodden and to the brokenhearted, to inmates in prison, and to the overlooked and the neglected.  He felt a great passion for those that were neglected.

Everywhere he went, Reverend Graham delivered the same beautiful message: God loves you.  That was his message.  God loves you.

We can only imagine the number of lives touched by the preaching and the prayers of Billy Graham –- the hearts he changed, the sorrows he eased, and the joy he brought to so many.  The testimony is endless.

Today, we give thanks for this extraordinary life.  And it’s very fitting that we do so right here in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol, where the memory of the American people is enshrined.

Here in this room, we are reminded that America is a nation sustained by prayer.  The painting to my left is of the pilgrims as they embarked for America, holding fast to the Bible and bowing their heads in prayer.

Along these walls, we see the faces of Americans who prayed as they stood on the Lexington Green, who prayed as they headed west, prayed as they headed into battle, and prayed as they marched for justice, and always marched for victory.

Around us stand the statues of heroes who led the nation in prayer during the great and difficult times, from Washington to Lincoln to Eisenhower to King.

And, today, in the center of this great chamber lies legendary Billy Graham, an ambassador for Christ who reminded the world of the power of prayer and the gift of God’s grace.

Today we honor him as only three private citizens before him have been so honored.

And like the faithful of Charlotte once did, today we say a prayer for our country, that all across this land the Lord will raise up men and women like Billy Graham to spread a message of love and hope to every precious child of God.

Thank you.  God bless you.  And God bless America.  Thank you very much.

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11:28 A.M. EST

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STEVE FLOWERS
STEVE FLOWERS
3 years ago

YAHOO! Why are you using the wrong photo of the PRESIDENT HONORING THE REVEREND GRAHAM. THE PRESIDENT SAID HIS SPEECH IN THE ROTUNDA WHERE THE REVEREND GRAHAM’S LAID IN STATE! I DON’T WHERE YAHOO HIRES ITS PEOPLE FROM, BUT THE WRITERS AND THE PEOPLE SUPPLYING THE PHOTOS NEED SOME TRAINING BADLY!

Alexander Hsu
Alexander Hsu
3 years ago

I was so thakful for our precious Lord .

HE is the returning King And HE will judge this wicked world.

May God bless America and make Amerjca great again !

let the world king Devil go to HELL !

God

FRANK & JOAN STEPHENS
FRANK & JOAN STEPHENS
3 years ago

THANK YOU PRESIDENT TRUMP AND ALL THOSE WHO ATTENDED HONORING
REV. BILLY GRAHAM……IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. IT SHOWS WHO CARES……………..
MUCH LOVE WITH ALL TODAY…….
MUCH APPRECIATED BY TWO SENIOR CITIZENS AND VETERAN OF THE UNITED STATES.

FRANK & JOAN STEPHENS
FRANK & JOAN STEPHENS
3 years ago

GOD BE WITH YOU, REV. GRAHAM

Sharon Hampshire
Sharon Hampshire
3 years ago

Thank you President Trump for honoring Billy Graham in the Capitol today. May we all honor him and serve our Lord by daily repenting and walking with Him. My prayer is that your day always starts with time spent with Jesus and that He will guide you, give you wisdom, and protect you and your family as you serve our great country. Again, thank you for you honoring words on behalf of Dr. Graham. May God bless you now and always.

Diane Woodard
Diane Woodard
3 years ago

AMEN!

Linda Brown
Linda Brown
3 years ago

Trump is NOT a Christian. He quite clearly said, as reported in Christian magazines, that he thinks he has NEVER done ANYTHING for which he needs to ask God’s forgiveness.
Franklin Graham is not a Christian, either–anyone who supports Roy Moore and Trump, encourages his “followers” to boycott Target and Wells Fargo because of their stances is neither righteous nor a Christian.

Val F
3 years ago
Reply to  Linda Brown

“Judge not lest you be judged.” Who are you to say that Trump isn’t a Christian? Who are you to say that Trump hasn’t repented and accepted Jesus Christ as his savior? I seriously doubt that you have supernatural instincts to determine who is Christian and who isn’t! And wha about you? If you support letting men in girls’ restrooms and dressing rooms, what does that say about you? Should I judge you and state that you must be a pervert?

Jane A.
Jane A.
3 years ago

This was a beautiful tribute, President Trump. Thank you for uplifting us.

Linda Brown
Linda Brown
3 years ago
Reply to  Jane A.

You DO know, don’t you, Jane A., that someone wrote this for Trump and all he did was read someone else’s words.

Janice
Janice
3 years ago

What a beautiful touching tribute to Pastor Graham. We are so grateful to have a President like you, President Trump…and such a genuine lovely First Lady. God bless you both.

Gladys Randolph
Gladys Randolph
3 years ago

A beautiful tribute to a great man changed lives around the world through the power of God’s Word.
My prayer is that the same Power will continue to help you lead this nation to again be one nation under God.

Angela AH
Angela AH
3 years ago

Thank you so much Presiden Trump, for honoring Billy Graham as you have. Billy Graham’s voice continuous with God’s Word, and His Gospel – to save more people in our Country, our Families and in the Whole World. We have watched him on TV and in person many times, brought our children and friends to hear his most simple of Words of Jesus Christ, spoken to broken hearts, and uplifting all who heard him. We belive our Lord seeks, preparing more hearts like his.

Juerg Aeschbach
Juerg Aeschbach
3 years ago

I never heard a President like our President Trump. This man has a very big heart.
What a sending off to the Ambassador of God
Billy Graham.
I am so proud that we have you in the White House. God bless you and your family.

Jerry Todd
3 years ago

Watching a man grow into his job and more importantly his life in the Spirit. He must be rejoicing because the world hates him just as Jesus warned.

Godspeed Rev. Graham!

Margaret Dillman
Margaret Dillman
3 years ago

Thank you, President Trump for a beautiful tribute to such a great, godly man.

Elaine Demro
Elaine Demro
3 years ago

Elaine D.
A wonderful tribute to a man who loved God above everything, coming from
a man who is instilling God back into our country. HOW GREAT THOU ART!

Maria Fowler
Maria Fowler
3 years ago

Wonder what the lefty dems will say about that. They don’t seem to realize that without God, we would have nothing. I am so thankful that we have Donald Trump, a Christian as our President .May God bless him always

Andy H Weaver
3 years ago

Thank You Mr President! Our prayer is that God will continue to give you wisdom and guidance as you lead our nation. Bless you and your family. Please remain strong and faithfull.

Rose
Rose
3 years ago

We could not have envisioned a more meaningful, fully Christian tribute to a very deserving spiritual figure in the life of our beloved country. President Trump continues to amaze and encourage us.

Julie Bond
Julie Bond
3 years ago

Thank you President Trump, for a lovely, speech, of a wonderful, man who touch, so many lives, and brought so many back to God,God Bless America, and all his children.

Donald Rice
Donald Rice
3 years ago

May the Blessed Spirit of our Holy God guide you Mr. President Trump. That we individually may return to God , & again become “One Nation under GOG” . Thank you for your unwavering leadership. We stand with you. Chaplain Donald Rice

Linda Brown
Linda Brown
3 years ago
Reply to  Donald Rice

Perhaps you don’t know, Donald Rice, that “under God” was added to the Pledge of Allegiance in the mid-1950’s. Thomas Jefferson: “Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.” John Adams: “The government of the United State
s is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion.”

Donald Rice
Donald Rice
3 years ago

Thank you Mr. president for recognizing the man of God Mr. Billy Grahm. I pray also for more MEN to be raised up to represent God and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Martha House
Martha House
3 years ago

Praying that someone like Graham will at this time be inspired to a similiar life
to take the message also to our nation and to the world, so it might become a more peaceful place for everyone.

Diane Woodard
Diane Woodard
3 years ago
Reply to  Martha House

Franklin Graham is working very hard to follow up and continue to be a true apostle of our Lord Jesus Christ. He may not be his father, but he is a sincere Godly servant!

david flaming
3 years ago

Thaank you Reverand Graham for being God’s messanger and spreading God’s word and love around the world.

Karen Potton
Karen Potton
3 years ago

Im so happy to see our president honor Reverend Graham in this way and pray for more people like him to share Gods word and love. We are blessed to have had him in our lives and his teachings shall continue on.

Joyce Tucci
Joyce Tucci
3 years ago

Thank You President Donald Trump for honoring Billy Graham , an amazing man of GOD!!
I pray for you daily and hope to meet you some day in our county of Palm Beach.

I thank god Carl C. Pyzowski
I thank god Carl C. Pyzowski
3 years ago

This is how a true President and American leader should speak. I thank God everyday for giving us this person to lead us in these troubled times and finally get something accomplished. Everyday the liberal, immoral media and self proclaimed know-it-alls bash him for his views and accomplishments. However, with the strength of God behind him he is and will continue to prevailer our country.

Fr (Col) James Schiffer, USAF (ret)
Fr (Col) James Schiffer, USAF (ret)
3 years ago

WOW!!! What a powerful and prayer filled message…Many thanks for your spiritual leadership Mr. President—Fr JS

Jim Branch
3 years ago

I pray a great revival ( Worldwide) begins in our nation!

Catherine
Catherine
3 years ago

I echo the prayer.

Julia
3 years ago

Dear President and Mrs. Trump: Ever since you accepted the great challenges facing our nation, and made it priority together to honor the God who created it while you stood and even sang as tribute to Him and to His followers during the inauguration, you prepared a path of freedom for Christians to live and to speak which had been suppressed for a very long time. Your inauguration was a strong witness of the power we as a united people can have, and of the privilege we have been given to make a difference in our world today. Since that day, respect for the Christian community has been increasing. Your inauguration was a refreshing gift to the American people, and your continued backing is proof that you and we are working together to “Make America Great Again”. When we are a praying, God fearing nation, much blessing and renewal will come our way!
I just want to thank you both for bringing us once again to this good place. Julia

Mary Murphy
Mary Murphy
3 years ago

This is a lovely tribute to a humble and great man who touched the lives of many people around the world by showing them the way to Jesus Christ.
As a previous writer said, I too pray Mr. President, that the almighty power of God’s Word will help you as you lead our nation back to greatness and again as one nation under God.
Galatians 2:20

Diane Woodard
Diane Woodard
3 years ago
Reply to  Mary Murphy

Amen, sister! We must all wake up to involve God in every aspect of our lives. I know i need improvement.

Pat S.
Pat S.
3 years ago

Pat S.
What a wonderful tribute to Billy Graham. I can remember listening to him with my family when I was a little girl. We use to see him on TV quite often. We have truly lost a great man of God. I pray that God’s word will help you to lead this country and that we’ll always be one nation under God.

Christine Demijohn
3 years ago

It is a great blessing to have a man of God as our President. Thank you for the tribute to
Billy Graham..

Linda Miller
Linda Miller
3 years ago

That was a wonderful tribute to a great man of God. Your words were beautiful and touched my heart even as Billy Graham touched it every time I would hear him preach of God’s Love for us all. I am sure those who were at the service were touched too especially the family. Thank you Mr. President.

Sun~Rose
Sun~Rose
3 years ago

What a beautiful life and a lovely tribute to the man and his life.

Barry L. Lippard
Barry L. Lippard
3 years ago

Such a fitting tribute to the life of a Godly man beyond measure. The passing of Dr. Billy Graham has and will affect millions of people in all walks of life and in return will have an astounding effect in making our country great again. Thank you President Donald J. Trump for working so diligently to put our feet firmly back on the foundation in which We The People of the United States were once founded on. God Bless you Mr. President!

Wanda B.
Wanda B.
3 years ago

2 Chronicles 7:14 should be our nation’s call to all people for a spiritual awakening in America !!

Louis Bauer
Louis Bauer
3 years ago

One racist scam artist giving tribute to another.

Linda Brown
Linda Brown
3 years ago
Reply to  Louis Bauer

Thank you, Louis Bauer, for being one of the few stating reality.

Mary clouse
3 years ago

I believed in Rev,Billy Graham so much that I had only one
wish in my life, and that was to have Rev.Graham take my hand
pray with me, for me.I had a chance once ,to see him preach,I missed
the bus that was taking me.I am a southern Baptist,Billy Graham
was our Pope..I prayed for him when, he was ill. Thank You
Jesus for giving us this saint of a man..RIP,.

John Furlong
3 years ago

A truly good man with NO other agenda other than the word of God!

Ann Younh
Ann Younh
3 years ago

Thank you President Trump, for a fitting tribute to the Rev. Billy Graham. I appreciate your leadership and that you love our great United States of Americs!

Mary Lou Powell
Mary Lou Powell
3 years ago

Thank you President Trump for a wonderful message. I pray for the Favor of God to be upon you in your Presidency. I believe with many others that God put you into office as he did Cyrus. The Jews needed a leader at the time and America surely needed a powerful man of whom I see growing in Christ while in office….You have done more than any other President for our religious freedom…I pray for you and Benjamin Netanyahu every morning that you will be as brothers (a Jew and a Christian as ONE in GOD).
Shalom and God Bless Mary Lou Powell

Laura Hicks
Laura Hicks
3 years ago

A beautiful tribute to a wonderful man of God.Prayers for you and your fam
ily.

Chuck Millard
Chuck Millard
3 years ago

The 1st words of an old hymn go like this: Ring the bells of Heaven,,there is joy today” I think I still hear those bells ringing for the joy of Billy Graham’ s “Homecoming.” I look forward to meeting him someday up there!

Faye Gaston
Faye Gaston
3 years ago

A beautiful tribute to a great man of God from a caring President.
Thank you, President Trump, for significant words about our Lord for the
whole world to hear and read.
May God bless the Graham children and grand-children as they continue
Dr. Graham’s legacy.

Sheila Persaud
Sheila Persaud
3 years ago

So proud of our President, the Speaker of the House and the Senate for gracing America’s greatest evangelist the Honorable Billy Graham with the honor he deserved.
We all grew up with the evangelist Billy Graham in our living rooms preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and calling each one of us to repent . May this man of God, be forever be remembered by all whose lives were touched by him in one way or the other….Amen!

Bobby T. Hood
Bobby T. Hood
3 years ago

The Awesome God of all Christians along with all His spiritually born servants loves the “Linda Brown’s” of the world. They long for her and all like her to know the wondrous life they live. Life full of purpose, hope, love and joy. Life triumphant over sin, death, and hell. Life that puts others before self and gives itself even in the face of death for others. This is the Gospel that made Billy Graham one of the most admired men in the whole world and will do the same for anyone who will give himself as did Graham as a servant of Almighty God.

Jeanne
3 years ago

I was at one of Billy’s tent meeting when I was 16 years old. ? I lived in Pasadena Calif . Several of the girls in my church ⛪ went with me to the downtown area and passed out fliers announcing the meetings. The local newspaper took our picture. I have it framed. That was over 60 years ago. I love you Donald Trump. I pray for you everyday. God bless Ameri, God bless our President.?feed

Jeanne
3 years ago

I was at one of Billy’s tent meeting when I was 16 years old. ? I lived in Pasadena Calif . Several of the girls in my church ⛪ went with me to the downtown area and passed out fliers announcing the meetings. The local newspaper took our picture. I have it framed. That was over 60 years ago. I love you Donald Trump. I pray for you everyday. God bless American, God bless our President.

R. Smith
R. Smith
3 years ago

The name callers and Supreme Assumptionists have no idea of the energy, drive, commitment and discipline it takes to lead the life Billy Graham did. A humble man who walked a high ridge of history. R. Smith

Donald Rice
Donald Rice
3 years ago

May the Blessed Spirit of our Holy God guide you Mr. President Trump. That we individually may return to God & again become “One Nation under GOD”. Thank you for your unwavering leadership. We stand with you. Chaplain Donald Rice

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