CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 30, 2014 — A new exhibit highlighting the ministry of Billy Graham to U.S. troops through the decades opens at the Billy Graham Library on Tuesday, July 1. In addition, the Library will host a special military appreciation luncheon on Friday, July 11, as part of a month-long celebration of appreciation for U.S. armed services veterans and active-duty service members.
The military exhibit, displayed in “The Ministry” gallery of the Journey of Faith tour, features memorabilia collected by Graham during various trips abroad ministering to troops including:
- I Saw Your Sons At War – a book written by Graham based on his time in Korea
- Boots from Korea – heavy boots issued to Graham for Korea’s 30-below weather
- Marine Corps medallion – presented to Graham in May 2003
- Desert Storm Bible – given to Graham in 1991 when he preached at the Pentagon
- Silver cross pin – worn on Graham’s cap while visiting troops in Korea during Christmas 1952
In 1944, Graham was headed toward a military career as a chaplain in the U.S. Army when a case of the mumps disqualified him from service. However, his dedication to the armed forces never wavered, and he spent substantial time abroad ministering to troops.
“God used Mr. Graham to encourage and bring hope to soldiers serving in the trenches during some of the most horrific military operations of our time,” said Tom Phillips, vice president of the Billy Graham Library. “We are humbled to be able to honor those who have sacrificed for the freedoms of our country by showing them gratitude through this month-long tribute, but continue to recognize their service each and every day.”
The Library will host veterans and active service members for an appreciation luncheon on Friday, July 11. The event is free, however advance reservations are required and can be made by calling (704) 401-3263.
Throughout the month of July, military veterans and active personnel who visit the Library will receive a free copy of Touch Points For Those Who Serve as a small token of appreciation for their service and sacrifice. Additionally, Ruth’s Attic Bookstore inside the Library offers a 10 percent discount to military every day of the year.
The special military exhibit runs through the end of July. Admission to the exhibit and Library is free. For more information about upcoming events visit www.billygrahamlibrary.org.
About the Billy Graham Library
The Billy Graham Library opened in 2007 and has since had more than 840,000 visitors from around the world. The Library is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the Library is free. For more information on the Library and upcoming events, or to schedule a group tour, please visit www.billygrahamlibrary.org.
*Editor’s Note: Media are invited to cover the exhibit. Interviews are available. Please call Lisa Moseley at (704) 401-2116 (office) or (980) 939-4377 (cell) to schedule a date and time.