The thousands of visitors paying respects to the late Rev. Billy Graham at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday were greeted by four special guests when they entered the Capitol Rotunda: Billy Graham’s son and three grandsons.
Each person entering the space room under the Capitol Dome was treated to a private conversation with Graham’s eldest son, Franklin. The younger Graham followed in his father’s footsteps, and is a Christian evangelist and missionary. Franklin stood at the end of the room and shook the hand of every faithful person who entered.
Mr. Graham told The Daily Caller, in between hugs and handshakes from beaming strangers, he “will stand here as long as I am able.”
“These people stood outside for us and for my father,” he continued. “I will stand here for them. We love them and so does God.”
Billy Graham’s grandson, Army Major Edward Graham, was in full dress blues for the procession and was thanked for his service often by those who showed up to honor his grandfather.
A Senate press staffer told TheDC that Franklin asked to be able to greet everyone attending. “It was a total surprise. No one has ever done this before. It is really special,” the staffer said.
A short memorial service was held before the rotunda was opened to the public, featuring House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and President Trump.
Many members of the Graham extended family were also in attendance. At the time of this report, Franklin and his three sons were still shaking the hands of the hundreds faithful filing through the rotunda.