CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WNCN) – Billy Graham’s body arrived back to the library that bears his name Thursday afternoon after lying in honor since Wednesday in the U.S. Capitol rotunda in Washington.

Family members welcomed the hearse and the casket was carried into the library.

Graham’s funeral will be held under a large tent Friday at the Billy Graham Library.

The setup is similar to the dedication of the library 11 years ago and is meant to represent his ministry coming full circle. It harkens back to the early days of his ministry when he used large tents for his crowds of thousands.

All five of Graham’s children are expected speak at Friday’s funeral.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will attend along with Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen. Also in attendance will be Gov. Roy Cooper and former Gov. Pat McCrory, though a full list of attending dignitaries has not been released. 100 international delegates from 50 countries will be in attendance, along with about 200 family members.

North Carolina U.S. Senator Thom Tillis said he will attend.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and former governor Pat McCrory are also expected to attend.

Tremendous security is in place on the library grounds in anticipation of those dignitaries.

The funeral is invitation only and capped at 2,300 people.

Planners said they hope the setup will remind people of Rev Graham’s preaching ministry gaining national prominence in 1949 in Los Angeles under a tent like this often called a “canvas cathedral.”

Crews worked all week to install the sturdy structure, which is rated to withstand hurricane-force winds. Forecasters expect heavy winds Friday.

More information about who may attend the funeral and details on the order of the service is expected to be released Thursday night.

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