Motorcade for Rev. Billy Graham arrives in Charlotte

Commentary Billy Graham’s new home by his son Franklin Graham

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Well-wishers lined freeway overpasses and small-town streets to honor the late Rev. Billy Graham as his motorcade crossed his beloved home state of North Carolina for four hours on Saturday from his mountain chapel to namesake library in the state's largest city.

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.

Graham died February 21 at his mountain home in Montreat, North Carolina.

The Rev. Billy Graham, who died Wednesday at age 99, was a fixture of the presidency to every man who has held the office back to the early years of the Cold War.

An office staff member said the former President and former first lady have a "longstanding scheduling commitment" on Friday, March 2 that they can not break. Shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday, the hearse reached the library, where it was met by family members.

Graham will join Rosa Parks and two Capitol police officers as the only civilians who have been permitted to be publicly viewed within the Capitol building.

Congress is likewise demonstrating its collective admiration of Graham by deciding that his body should lie in honor in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol this Wednesday. A private funeral for Graham will be held on Friday, March 2 in a tent at the library site and he will be buried next to his wife there, DeMoss said.

It is not known what time the former President will be at the library, but it is likely the Bush's will be allowed some private time in the room where Graham will lie in repose. The invitation-only service is scheduled to include at least 2,300 people.

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