Families come from across the region to honor ‘America’s pastor’

A steady stream of people walk through the Billy Graham Library grounds in North Carolina, remembering the 99-year-old evangelist.
Thousands of people have come to honor Billy Graham as he lies in repose at the Graham Family Homeplace at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Those who come to the lie in repose are required to park at one of two offsite locations including the Operation Christmas Child warehouse, just a few miles from the Library. A long line quickly formed there early Monday morning.
Visitors walk through the Library entrance, past the Graham Brothers Dairy Bar and back outside before entering the Graham Family Homeplace, where Mr. Graham is lying in repose.
A family pauses in the dairy bar to sign one of the multiple guest books in remembrance of Billy Graham.
People silently pass by Mr. Graham’s simple plywood casket, which was made by inmates in Angola, Louisiana.
A man stands in tears by his mother at the Library.
The threat of rain didn’t stop the thousands who came to honor the life of Billy Graham.
A group prays together at the Library.
Roy Graham, one of Billy Graham’s grandsons, speaks with the media. He spent the day personally greeting thousands of guests whose lives were changed by his grandfather’s ministry.
Media have come from all over to cover this historic time at the Library, which included a visit from former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush who spent time with Franklin and Jane Graham.
Signatures fill Mr. Graham’s guest book. He always shared the love of Christ in hopes that people’s names would be written in the Book of Life.
Several guests come in groups and wait quietly before entering the Graham Family Homeplace.
One member of the media came all the way from South Korea to cover the day’s events.
Generations will forever be affected by God using the life of Billy Graham.
All are welcome to come to the Billy Graham Library as Mr. Graham lies in repose there through Tues., Feb. 27. A private funeral service will be held on the grounds at 12 p.m. ET on Friday, March 2 and will be live streamed for the public. Watch here: memorial.billygraham.org/live-stream