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Burgum orders flags at half-staff for Rev. Billy Graham on Friday


BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, March 2, as a mark of respect for the memory of the Rev. Billy Graham.

Individuals and businesses also are encouraged to fly the flags at half-staff during the same time period.

The governor’s directive is in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Donald Trump to lower flags to half-staff on Friday.

Graham, who died last Wednesday at age 99, will lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday, Feb. 28, and Thursday, March 1, according to the offices of House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. The two leaders will lead a memorial service once Graham's casket arrives.

Congressional honors for Graham will come during a week of events to mark his death. He was in repose Monday and Tuesday at the Graham Family Homeplace at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C. From there, his body will be brought to Washington.

An invitation-only funeral is scheduled for noon on Friday in Charlotte. The Graham family has invited Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and all living former presidents - Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama - to attend.