Remember the Days of Remembrance
By Joel Geiderman
U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

At the ground level of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., is a brass marker that delineates the physical center of the District of Columbia. From this point emanates the quadrants that divide our capital city into the familiar NW, NE, SE and SW.

Arguably, this is also the figurative center of our nation. According to legend, George Washington himself chose this as the site for the seat of our great experiment in democracy. Directly above this is the Capitol rotunda, the magnificent sanctuary of freedom in which presidents and dignitaries have been honored with the privilege of lying in state.