FDR - Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Washington D.C.

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    Four Term President

    by DEBBBEDB Updated Aug 4, 2013
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    This memorial (which we visited late in the day) has sequence of four outdoor rooms, one for each of FDR's terms of office. . Each of the four "rooms" representing Roosevelt's respective terms in office contains a waterfall. As one moves from room to room, the waterfalls become larger and more complex, reflecting the increasing complexity of a presidency marked by the vast upheavals of economic depression and world war.

    Roosevelt was ill in 1922 and was paralyzed as a result of what was diagnosed as polio. He was totally and permanently paralyzed from the waist down. Fitting his hips and legs with iron braces, he laboriously taught himself to walk a short distance by swiveling his torso while supporting himself with a cane. He used a wheelchair, but he was never photographed with a visible wheelchair although he sometimes appeared on crutches. Therefore the statues in his memorial also have concealed his wheelchair. One of the things he did in life was support the March of Dimes. (His picture is now on the dime.)

    The park is open 24 hours a day. Rangers are on duty to answer questions from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily and to provide interpretive programs every hour on the hour from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.

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    FDR Memorial

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Jul 20, 2013
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    Another of the newer Memorials - this is located just north of the Jefferson Memorial, south of the National mall. To be honest, there's a lot of symbolism in this memorial that I simply didn't catch until I read about it when I got home. For example, there are four main sections to the memorial, each representing one of his four terms in office. Each has a waterfall that gets progressively more complex. Eleanor Roosevelt shows up, as do lines of men from the Great Depression. There's a small statue of FDR in a wheelchair that seems a little out of place - it turns out it was added later because folks such as the National Organization on Disability fought to show him in a wheelchair.

    There's also a room of bronze art that I still don't know what it is supposed to be,

    Many of FDR's most famous lines are also carved in stone throughout the memorial.

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    Longest Serving US President

    by Africancrab Written Jul 23, 2012

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    This has been one of our favorite memorials in Washington. My family and I, loved the quotes by FDR, the waterfalls and simplicity of the memorial in general. There are a total of 6 waterfalls and two sculptures of FDR himself. At the beginning of the memorial, he is sitting by himself on his wheel chair, and at the second last waterfall, he is with his favorite dog.

    The many quotes, tell of a great president who was in touch with himself and his people.

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    by Dabs Updated Apr 26, 2010

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    FDR Memorial

    Located on the Western edge of the Tidal Basin near the National Mall, you'll find this memorial to our nation's 32nd President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, also known to Americans as FDR. There are four sections to the memorial, each one representing one of his four terms in office which started during the Great Depression and ended during WWII. Sculptures include one of him in a wheelchair with his dog Fala, he was struck with polio in his childhood which necessitated the use of a wheelchair. Another sculpture is of men waiting in line during the depression and one next to a radio depicting his famous fireside chats during WWII.

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    by thefryingfish Updated Nov 3, 2009

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    So we gave up trying to find parking close to the Jefferson memorial and parked farther away. It turned out to be a good thing because we ended up walking through something I didn't even know existed at the time, the FDR Memorial. This place, while not totally out of the way, is far less of a tourist trap than many other places in historical DC. It's basically a park with three sections to represent each of FDR's three terms. The amount of people there was quite sparse, definitely a refreshing difference from the overwhelming crowds at the Lincoln Memorial getting the same picture that we see on the penny every day of our lives. Another thing I liked about it, which set it apart from the other presidential memorials, was that it was much more modest than the idolizing nature of the greco-roman architecture of the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials. If felt more like a memorial to a real man and a celebration of his accomplishments rather than to a temple to a larger than life figure sitting on a throne with grand quotes all over the for all the world to see and admire. There were also some world war 2 vets visiting it which was cool to see. There was just something about it I really liked about it. I would recommend it to anyone, but my suggestion would also be to walk through it on the way to the Jefferson memorial because that one's not to be missed either.

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    Mrs. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Room 4

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 13, 2009

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    What I find remarkable about this is how poised and elegant this sculpture is because it represents who Eleanor Roosevelt was.

    Room four represents his last term and his death on April 12, 1945.

    After FDR's death in 1945 she continued to be an internationally prominent author, speaker, politician, and activist. She worked tirelessly to enhance the status of working women and to protect human rights of all. She served as:

    United States Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly
    December 31, 1946 – December 31, 1952

    President and Chair of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights
    1946 – 1952

    Chair of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women
    1961 – 1962

    This quote reads:

    "The structure of world peace cannot be the work of one man, or one party, or one nation…it must be a peace, which rest on the cooperative effort of the whole world. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt, First United States Delegate to the United Nations."

    The main part of the memorial remains open 24 hours a day. The Interpretive Ranger staff, are on site from 8am to 11:45pm daily except Christmas Day. The Bookstore opens from 8 am to 5 pm. All restroom facilities close at 11:30 pm.
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    Tucked away in greenery- FDR Memorial

    by abi_maha Written Sep 10, 2009

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    The FDR Memorial is a very unassuming entity, located along the famous Cherry Tree Walk on the Western edge of the Tidal Basin near the National Mall, this is a memorial not only to FDR, but also to the era he represents. The memorial traces twelve years of American History through a sequence of four outdoor rooms-each one devoted to one of FDR's terms of office. Sculptures inspired by photographs depict the 32nd President: A 10-foot statue shows him in a wheeled chair; a bas-relief depicts him riding in a car during his first inaugural. At the very beginning of the memorial in a prologue room there is a statue with FDR seated in a wheelchair much like the one he actually used.

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    FDR Inauguration Seal 1933

    by Yaqui Updated Jun 6, 2009

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    I tend probably to notice some of the unsual things that most people, but I noticed this. This seal was significant for them to include it among the memorial.


    This is the inaugural seal present during 1933 FDR swearing in Ceremony

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt was our 32nd President of the United States of America that served three terms from 1933 - 1945. He believed and wanted us Americans to have, cherish, and live the four freedoms. " Freedom of Speech", "Freedom of Worship", Freedom from Want", and Freedom from Fear".

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    by Yaqui Updated Jun 6, 2009

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    Franklin Delano Roosevelt was our 32nd President of the United States of America that served three terms from 1933 - 1945. He believed and wanted us Americans to have, cherish, and live the four freedoms. " Freedom of Speech", "Freedom of Worship", Freedom from Want", and Freedom from Fear".

    This is during his third term and we see the jumble of blocks of granite represent our troubled time and what war has done to us a nation and that of our neighbors.

    "I HAVE SEEN WAR

    I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded…..I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed….I have seen children starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives.

    I HATE WAR. ~ President FDR"

    The main part of the memorial remains open 24 hours a day. The Interpretive Ranger staff, are on site from 8am to 11:45pm daily except Christmas Day. The Bookstore opens from 8 am to 5 pm. All restroom facilities close at 11:30 pm.
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    December 25th.

    Restrooms available at Memorial entrance and exit.

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    by Yaqui Updated Jun 6, 2009

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    Franklin Delano Roosevelt was our 32nd President of the United States of America that served three terms from 1933 - 1945. He believed and wanted us Americans to have, cherish, and live the four freedoms. " Freedom of Speech", "Freedom of Worship", Freedom from Want", and Freedom from Fear".

    This sculpture illustrates how they tried to hide FDR's disability with a huge cape to hide his wheel chair and also their is a scuplture of his favorite little dog, Fala!

    This quote reads:

    "They who seek to establish systems of government based on the regimentation of all human beings by a handful of individual rulers….call this a new order. It is not new and it is not order. ~ President FDR"

    The main part of the memorial remains open 24 hours a day. The Interpretive Ranger staff, are on site from 8am to 11:45pm daily except Christmas Day. The Bookstore opens from 8 am to 5 pm. All restroom facilities close at 11:30 pm.
    Open All Year
    Closures
    December 25th.

    Restrooms available at Memorial entrance and exit.

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    by Yaqui Written Jun 6, 2009

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    Franklin Delano Roosevelt was our 32nd President of the United States of America that served three terms from 1933 - 1945. He believed and wanted us Americans to have, cherish, and live the four freedoms. " Freedom of Speech", "Freedom of Worship", Freedom from Want", and Freedom from Fear".

    This room is during his third term and we had entered the war on many fronts. The quote reads:

    "We have faith that future generations will know that here, in the middle of the twentieth century, there came a time when men of good will found a way to unite, and produce, and fight to destroy the forces of ignorance, and intolerance, and slavery, and war. ~ President FDR"

    The main part of the memorial remains open 24 hours a day. The Interpretive Ranger staff, are on site from 8am to 11:45pm daily except Christmas Day. The Bookstore opens from 8 am to 5 pm. All restroom facilities close at 11:30 pm.
    Open All Year
    Closures
    December 25th.

    Restrooms available at Memorial entrance and exit.

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    by Yaqui Updated Jun 6, 2009

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    Franklin Delano Roosevelt was our 32nd President of the United States of America that served three terms from 1933 - 1945. He believed and wanted us Americans to have, cherish, and live the four freedoms. " Freedom of Speech", "Freedom of Worship", Freedom from Want", and Freedom from Fear".

    This inscription to me represents the beginning of our envolvment when dictator Adolf Hitler in Germany aroused fears of a new world war. It was during the later of his second term, FDR knew we had to be diligent to protect the rights of our nations neighbors. This quote reads:

    "We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all citizens, whatever their background. We much remember that any oppression, any injustice, and hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization. ~President FDR"

    The main part of the memorial remains open 24 hours a day. The Interpretive Ranger staff, are on site from 8am to 11:45pm daily except Christmas Day. The Bookstore opens from 8 am to 5 pm. All restroom facilities close at 11:30 pm.
    Open All Year
    Closures
    December 25th.

    Restrooms available at Memorial entrance and exit.

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    by Yaqui Updated Jun 6, 2009

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    Franklin Delano Roosevelt was our 32nd President of the United States of America that served three terms from 1933 - 1945. He believed and wanted us Americans to have, cherish, and live the four freedoms. " Freedom of Speech", "Freedom of Worship", Freedom from Want", and Freedom from Fear".

    During the FDR's first term, the US was in one of the most depression of our times. FDR knew he need to get America back to working so we could provide for our families. He put into place many regulations and laws to help reform how we did business and how as a government should give our people the power to help themselves.

    The quotes all along the memorial are awe inspiring. This one reads:

    "I propose to create a civilian conservation corps to be used in simple work…more important, however, than the material gains will be the moral and spiritual value of such work. ~ President FDR"

    The main part of the memorial remains open 24 hours a day. The Interpretive Ranger staff, are on site from 8am to 11:45pm daily except Christmas Day. The Bookstore opens from 8 am to 5 pm.

    All restroom facilities close at 11:30 pm.
    Open All Year
    Closures
    December 25th.

    Restrooms available at Memorial entrance and exit.

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    by Yaqui Updated Jun 6, 2009

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    Franklin Delano Roosevelt was our 32nd President of the United States of America that served three terms from 1933 - 1945. He believed and wanted us Americans to have, cherish, and live the four freedoms. " Freedom of Speech", "Freedom of Worship", Freedom from Want", and Freedom from Fear".

    This is one of my favorite memorials and its broken down into four rooms that represents 4 terms of his 12 years of his presidency. For quite sometime, Roosevelt tried to keep his disablity as much from the public eye. Yet, to me he represented to all folks with disabilites that you can become anything you strive for, even president, he was a spokesman without evening really knowing it!

    I couldn't get over all the beautiful waterfalls and meaningful phrases carved into the rock every where. You need to pay close attention to all the rocks, floors, walls. The scuptures in this facility are so wonderful too. Very awe inspiring!

    The main part of the memorial remains open 24 hours a day. The Interpretive Ranger staff, are on site from 8am to 11:45pm daily except Christmas Day. The Bookstore opens from 8 am to 5 pm. All restroom facilities close at 11:30 pm.

    Open All Year

    Closures
    December 25th.

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    Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Room 2 Part 3

    by Yaqui Written Jun 6, 2009

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    Franklin Delano Roosevelt was our 32nd President of the United States of America that served three terms from 1933 - 1945. He believed and wanted us Americans to have, cherish, and live the four freedoms. " Freedom of Speech", "Freedom of Worship", Freedom from Want", and Freedom from Fear".

    This sculpture represents as a nation we would sit by the radio night after night to listen as history unfolded around us. The quotes reads:

    "I never forget that I live in a house owned by all the American people and that I have been given their trust. ~President FDR"

    The main part of the memorial remains open 24 hours a day. The Interpretive Ranger staff, are on site from 8am to 11:45pm daily except Christmas Day. The Bookstore opens from 8 am to 5 pm. All restroom facilities close at 11:30 pm.
    Open All Year
    Closures
    December 25th.

    Restrooms available at Memorial entrance and exit.

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