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"Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial" FDR - Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Tip by smschley


I consider Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) to be one of the three greatest presidents in US history. Pulling us through the Great Depression was a monumental task. FDR commented that he saw one-third of the nation “ill-housed, ill-clad, and ill-nourished.” Faced with the task of lifting the country out of a crippling depression, FDR traveled the nation speaking to farmers who had lost all their worldly possessions, meeting with relief organizations over-burdened by the demands of those in need, and addressing the fears of people struggling to survive. While he had little in common with these people, what they saw was a man who felt their pain and who exhibited sympathy, understanding, and reassurance.

This was then followed by WWII which again questioned whether we would be able to continue as a nation. FDR again let this country through those difficult time till the end was almost at hand. Unfortunately he, like Moses, was not going to see the promised land. On April 12, 1945, only a few weeks since being sworn in as the President of The United States for a unprecedented fourth term, the President was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage and died while sitting for a portrait in Warm Springs, Georgia.

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is one of the most expansive memorials in the nation. Yet, its shade trees, waterfalls, statuary, and quiet alcoves create the feeling of a secluded garden rather than an imposing structure. The memorial is divided into four outdoor galleries, or rooms, one for each of FDR’s terms in office. The rooms are defined by walls of red South Dakota granite and by ornamental plantings; quotations from FDR are carved into the granite. Water cascades and quiet pools are present throughout. Each room conveys in its own way the spirit of this great man.

Address: 900 Ohio Drive, SW
Directions: Located between the Tidal Basin and the Potomac River between the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials.
Phone: (202) 426-6841

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  • Written Feb 9, 2005
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