There was quite a surprise waiting for President Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Mike Pence, and Karen Pence when they arrived in North Carolina to celebrate the life of Reverend Billy Graham, the well known Evangelical pastor. The President, Vice President, and their wives were escorted by an exceptional guest who was also there to pay respects to the fallen. When they arrived, they were accompanied by a highly decorated Major who served in in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was then that the Presidential team realized who this extraordinary person was. It was none other than West Point graduate, Edward Graham, the grandson of Billy Graham.
The team from the White House was likely honored to be escorted by such a respectable and honorable person of the American military, and it was their honor to be there in support of Edward and his family.
It was a sad moment when the famous pastor passed away at the age of 99-years-old. He lived a life of service, and multitudes of people paid their respects. Billy Graham touched many hearts along his way in America. His family and followers will miss him.
Daily Caller reported on Edward escorting Trump and Pence:
“As POTUS walked to the tent where Graham’s family and dignitaries were gathered, he was met halfway by a uniformed Army Major. The two saluted each other and the Major escorted the first and second families to their seats.
What many watching may not know is the identity of that man. He is Billy Graham’s grandson, Edward. Edward graduated from West Point and served seven tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he was once injured by shrapnel from an IED.
Graham was also in Washington, DC, for his grandfather’s service at the United States Capitol. Graham stood for hours, shaking the hands of all of those who were there to pay honor to Billy Graham. Edward’s father, Franklin Graham, told The Daily Caller, “These people stood outside for us and for my father.” He continued, “I will stand here for them. We love them and so does God.”
Emotional and inspiring service for Reverend Billy Graham. He will be missed. As @Franklin_Graham said, "I can only imagine what it was like for my father to step into heaven. And there was the Lord Jesus Christ there to say, 'Well done, good and faithful servant.'”
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) March 2, 2018
Edward shows great respect for the country that he served. He was once injured back in 2007 when he was hit in multiple places by shrapnel, but the injuries were not as severe as expected and he was able to survive. Edward Graham also shows exceedingly high amounts of respect for everyone who loved and enjoyed the work of his grandfather, Billy. There’s a lot of love and respect in that family that many can learn a lesson from.
Edward is a decorated Major, and there’s a lot of information about him that many people may not know.
This particular set of information dates back to 2007 and comes from the Christian Examiner:
“Capt. Edward Graham, the youngest son of evangelist Franklin Graham, was wounded while on active duty in Iraq.
Graham, a 27-year-old Army Ranger and West Point graduate, sustained shrapnel wounds to his arms, legs and back in Iraq, but his wounds were not considered life-threatening.
Graham was reportedly recovering at an undisclosed hospital, according to news reports.
“We know that he is fine and has asked for prayers for his men,” Jeremy Blume, a spokesman for Franklin Graham, told the Citizen-Times newspaper in Asheville, N.C., adding that he had no more details on the incident.
“Rangers aren’t allowed to disclose much information—even where he is.”
Franklin Graham, head of the Samaritan’s Purse international relief organization, revealed the news of his son’s injuries during his March 3 message at MissionFest in Toronto, the Charlotte Observer reported a week later.
Asheville resident Glenn Wilcox, a close friend of the Graham family, told the Citizen-Times that Edward Graham is serving his second tour in Iraq and that his father is extremely proud of him.
“He’s a very fine, outstanding young man, but very tough and very sure of himself,” Wilcox said. “I’ve never met anyone I was more impressed with than Edward. And he loves it—he’s really committed to the United States, to West Point, and to doing his job the very best he can.”
It must have been an honor for Trump and Pence to meet such a respectable military soldier, just as much as it was honorable for Edward to meet the President of the United States and his Vice President.