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Billy Graham Library honors military

A new exhibit highlighting Billy Graham's ministry to U.S. troops through the decades is now open at the Billy Graham Library. The exhibit is part of a month-long celebration of appreciation for U.S. armed services veterans and active-duty service members.

Displayed in "The Ministry" gallery of the Journey of Faith tour, the exhibit features memorabilia collected by Graham during various trips abroad as he ministered to troops. Memorabilia includes:

  • 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."

    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.

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