Evangelist Billy Graham To Be Honored in Aggieland

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His ministry is known throughout the world, and now Evangelist Billy Graham will receive the 2006 George Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service.

The George Bush Presidential Library Foundation made the announcement Monday. The award will be presented at Rudder Auditorium at Texas A&M University on Monday, April 10th.

Former President George Bush will present the award to Reverend Graham, who joins former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as Bush Award recipients.

"In his life and work Reverend Graham has fostered Christ's teachings of love and caring among peoples of all faiths and his message of hope has been an inspiration to us all," Roman Popadiuk, Executive Director of the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation said.

Born November 7, 1918, William "Billy" F. Graham has preached the Gospel to more people in live audiences than anyone else in
history. Reared on a dairy farm in Charlotte, North Carolina, he grew up during the Depression and learned the value of hard work.
Ordained in 1939, he received a solid foundation in the Scriptures at Florida Bible Institute. In 1943, Reverend Graham graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois and married fellow student Ruth McCue Bell.

Today, at age 86, Billy Graham and his ministry are known around the globe. He has preached in remote African villages and in the
heart of New York City. Those to whom he has ministered have ranged from heads of state to the simple living bushmen of Australia and the wandering tribes of the Middle East. Reverend Graham conducts his ministry through radio, crusade television specials, newspaper and magazine as well as evangelistic films.

In addition to the Bush Award, Reverend Graham has been recognized for his work on behalf of children, his contributions to race relations, his efforts to foster a better understanding among all faiths and his international contribution to civic and religious life over 60 years.

The George Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service recognizes an individual's or group's dedication to public service at the
local, state, national or international levels. The award underscores President Bush's long service and commitment to
public service.

The George Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service is a ticketed event. Free tickets are available at the Texas A&M University MSC Box Office, KBTX-TV, The Bryan/College Station Eagle, WTAW and the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. For more information, call (979) 862-2251.