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Rev. Billy Graham celebrates 95th birthday with family, famous friends

Hundreds gathered for Graham celebration (11/7/2013) Hundreds gathered for Graham celebration (11/7/2013)
ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

The Reverend Billy Graham touched the lives of many and helped lead souls to Christ.

Now, Rev. Graham brings his final message in the documentary The Cross, and he debuted the 30-minute program filled with testimonies and scriptures during his 95th birthday celebration.

On Thursday, Graham's grandson, Tullian Tchividjian said he's amazed by the work his grandfather has accomplished.

"It's really a celebration of his life, the man that he is, the things that he has done, his faithfulness, his humility," Tchividjian said.

As more than 800 guests packed the Grove Park Inn in Asheville to help Graham celebrate, some famous friends gave him well wishes too.

"He is one who has been able to tell what truth with what solutions are to our world's problems, our individual problems and our nation's challenges," former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said.

She said Graham helped lead her family to Christ when her mother would watch him on television.

"He's been one to articulate what it is and what it would take to get everybody on the right track," Palin said.

Gospel singer Michael W. Smith led the happy birthday song to Graham along with TV host Kathy Lee Gifford and FOX News host Greta Van Susteren. Graham was seated next to real estate mogul Donald Trump and his wife, Melania Trump.

During the celebration, Graham recognized his longtime friend Cliff Barrows, who has traveled with him all over the world.

"I want to thank you. This celebration is partly for you as well. And I want to thank you for all you have meant to me through all these years. God bless you and I love you," Graham said.

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