With more than 55,000 people interred at the Historic Congressional Cemetery in Southeast Washington, there are many long-forgotten stories. — Kris Coronado
Rebecca Roberts, program director at the 204-year-old Historic Congressional Cemetery, sits on a cenotaph honoring her grandfather Louisana Rep. Thomas Hale Boggs, who was killed in a plane crash in 1972. The stone is one of 171 sandstone cenotaphs, designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, honoring congressmen who died in office (the tradition lasted through 1876). But only 59 are occupied. Many congressmen preferred to be buried in their home state, and “people thought [the cenotaphs] were ugly,” Roberts says.Benjamin C. Tankersley/For The Washington Post
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump lit the National Christmas Tree for the first time. The program was hosted by television personality Kathie Lee Gifford and actor Dean Cain and featured performances by the Beach Boys, Jack Wagner, Wynonna Judd, Craig Campbell and others.