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Petition calling for national holiday for Rev. Billy Graham surpasses 82K signatures

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A petition started on is calling for a national holiday for Reverend Billy Graham.

The organizer originally asked for 35,000 signatures on the petition, which will then be sent to President Donald Trump, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, Senator Jerry Tillman, Senator Thom Tillis and Senator Richard Burr.

By Sunday at 3 p.m. the petition had garnered almost 40,000 signatures and by Monday at 10 p.m., the petition had over 82,000 signatures and counting. The goal was also raised to 150,000.

Here is the full text on the petition:

"Lets get a National Holiday for Billy Graham!!  Mr. Graham preached the Gospel to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history—nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories—through various meetings, including Mission World and Global Mission. Hundreds of millions more have been reached through television, video, film, and webcasts. Mr. Graham’s counsel was sought by presidents, and his appeal in both the secular and religious arenas is evidenced by the wide range of groups that have honored him, including numerous honorary doctorates from many institutions in the U.S. and abroad. Help us with our cause of setting a national holiday to remember this great man."

View the petition here.

Rev. Graham passed away at his home in Montreat, North Carolina on February 21. He was 99 years old.

People from all over the world, including former presidents and the current president, honored him at his Homeplace in Charlotte, as well as paid tribute to him at his funeral on  Friday.

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