New exhibit highlights Billy Graham’s ministry to U.S. troops
A new exhibit highlighting the ministry of Billy Graham to U.S. troops through the decades is featured now through July 31.
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. Items new to 2015 include:
Charles Lindbergh bust– presented to Graham by Air Force squadron in 1982
Bronze medal – gifted to Graham during 1994 visit to Yokota Air Force Base in Japan
Plaque – given to Graham in 1984 for his ministry to U.S. forces in England
Framed photograph – gifted to Graham by officers and sailors of the USS California
Newspaper clipping – covers Graham’s services for the Tennessee Army National Guard
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.”
In addition to the exhibit, the Library will host active-duty and veteran military service members for an appreciation luncheon on Friday, July 10. Throughout the month of July, military personnel with a valid ID or in uniform who visit the Library will receive a free gift as a small token of appreciation for their service and sacrifice.