Thousands of Americans have signed a petition urging President Donald Trump and Congress to create a national holiday recognizing the late Rev. Billy Graham.
The Change.org petition, created by Kyle Siler, commended the renowned evangelist’s contributions to U.S. culture, Christianity, as well as his work with every president from Harry S. Truman to Barack Obama.
“Mr. Graham preached the Gospel to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history — nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories — through various meetings, including Mission World and Global Mission,” Siler wrote.
The description continued:
Mr. Graham’s counsel was sought by presidents, and his appeal in both the secular and religious arenas is evidenced by the wide range of groups that have honored him, including numerous honorary doctorates from many institutions in the U.S. and abroad.
At press time, the petition, which addresses Trump, the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. House of Representatives, had more than 92,000 signatures — well on the way to its goal of 150,000 signatures.
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Graham died on Feb. 21 at the age of 99. Shortly thereafter, he became only the fourth private citizen to in history to lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. Graham’s family honored him Friday during his funeral in Charlotte, North Carolina.
It should be noted, though, only Congress — not the president, as powerful an advocate as he might be — can declare a national holiday.