We have constructed here this symbol of our nation’s spiritual life, overlooking the center of our nation’s secular life, a symbol which combines the permanence of stone and God -- both of which will outlast men and memories.
President George H.W. Bush, when the Cathedral was completed on Sept. 29, 1990
PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON IS BURIED AT THE CATHEDRAL, AS IS HIS WIFE, EDITH BOLLING WILSON.
He is the only president buried at the Cathedral, and the only president buried in the District of Columbia.
SINCE 1937, THE CATHEDRAL HAS HOSTED NUMEROUS INAUGURAL PRAYER SERVICES.
Franklin Roosevelt was first, and continuing with Presidents Reagan, both Presidents Bush, Obama and Trump.
THE CATHEDRAL IS THE BURIAL SITE OF HELEN KELLER AND HER TEACHER, ANNIE SULLIVAN.
A sculpture of Keller can also be found in a side aisle inside the nave, and a braille plaque inside the Chapel of St. Joseph of Arimathea marks her final resting place.
SCULPTURES AND STAINED GLASS OF AMERICAN HEROES CAN BE FOUND AT THE CATHEDRAL.
These include Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Martin Luther King.
THE 175 NEEDLEPOINT KNEELERS IN ST. JOHN’S CHAPEL DEPICT THE LIVES OF FAMOUS AMERICANS.
These include nearly all U.S. presidents, authors, inventors, civil rights activists, artists and war heroes. In nearby War Memorial Chapel, kneelers were stitched by British women in gratitude for America’s role in World War II, including one stitched by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
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