Last crusade: Thousands attend Rev. Billy Graham's funeral service in "canvas cathedral"
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Under a billowing white tent and Carolina blue sky, Christian leaders and close friends said goodbye to “America’s pastor,” the Rev. Billy Graham, during a private funeral service March 2.
The 28,000-square-foot tent was reminiscent of the “canvas cathedral” in which the Southern Baptist preacher conducted his 1949 Los Angeles Crusade that propelled him onto the national stage. The tent blocked the windy weather for 2,000 invited guests who had gathered in front of the Billy Graham Library for the service.Rev. Graham died Feb. 21 at his home in Montreat. He was 99.At the funeral — what his