Wind Beneath My Wings

Posted April 25, 2003 at 11:50am

An airplane soars high above a statue at the Congressional Cemetery on a recent spring day. The cemetery, which overlooks the Anacostia River in Southeast Washington, was established in 1807 and was once the official resting place of Members of Congress. But other notable figures are buried at the cemetery, including FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, famed band director and composer John Philip Sousa and 19th century Architects of the Capitol William Thornton and Robert Mills.

The 32.5-acre site, home to about 60,000 graves, is open year-round to visitors during daylight hours.