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

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    Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Room 1

    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.

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    by Dabs Updated Feb 1, 2005

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    This monument for Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President, covers 7 1/2 acres and features waterfalls, four outdoor galleries symbolizing each term of his Presidency, 10 bronze sculptures including one depicting his fireside chats, one with his little dog Fala and one of his wife Eleanor Roosevelt, the first statue of a first lady. Also, engraved on the granite connecting the galleries are many of his famous quotes.

    Curiously, none of the statues depict FDR in a wheelchair which he used during his entire presidency having contracted polio in 1921.
    There's discussion of this at : NPS

    The Memorial was designed by Lawrence Halprin and was unveiled in 1997.

    I stopped by this memorial on my walk from Arlington Cemetery to the Jefferson Memorial via the Lincoln Memorial and Korean War Memorial. It's fairly well marked.

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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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    December 25th.

    Restrooms available at Memorial entrance and exit.

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    Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Room 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 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.
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    December 25th.

    Restrooms available at Memorial entrance and exit.

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    Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Room 2

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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".

    Room two represent FDR's second term 1937-41. We were still struggling with the depression, although FDR put into place United States Housing Authority (1937), a second Agricultural Adjustment Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938, which helped establish minimum wage and help create 3.3 million WPA jobs by 1938.

    The inscribtion across the top of the wall reads:
    "SEE ONE-THIRD OF OUR NATION – ILL CLAD – ILL HOUSED – ILL NOURISHED~ FDR"

    This sculpture illustrates how much our nation was burden during the tough times during the depression. Farmers and sharecroppers alike loosing their lively hood to the dust bowl and losing their jobs to the crash of the stockmarkets. Fathers, sons, and brothers standing in the soup lines to find a something to eat since what little food was left for their families.

    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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    Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Room 1 Part 2

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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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    Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Room 3 Part 3

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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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    Closures
    December 25th.

    Restrooms available at Memorial entrance and exit.

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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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    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.
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    December 25th.

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    Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Room 2 Part 2

    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 quote reads:
    "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. ~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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    Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Room 2 Part 4

    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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    Roosevelt Memorial....not to be missed

    by Pawtuxet Written Sep 26, 2004

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    with his Scotty dog

    Gosia and I visited the Roosevelt Memorial of an evening on the twilight trolley tour. It was raining lightly and we had limited time. Actually this monument deserves more time to enjoy and reflect. There is so much to it...with its various "rooms" and aspects of the man and his presidency. The bronze sculptures are insightful as well as beautifully executed.

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    Flanklin D. Roosevelt Memorial

    by Bilimari Written May 13, 2005

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    with Fala

    This memorial is more like a park with 4 rooms, waterfalls, and a visitor center.

    1st room commemorates his first term.
    2nd room displays a sculpture of figures in the breadline representing the Great Depression during his terms.
    3rd room displays disabled president and his dog Fala.
    4th room honors his 4th term.

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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 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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    FDR Memorial

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Nov 18, 2008

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    The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial pays tribute to our 32nd President. FDR was most famous for leading the World through World War II, but he also brought America through the great depression with innovative, liberal ideas such as the New Deal and the Civilian Conservation Corps. FDR was a fifth cousin to environmentalist, war hero, and prior President Theodore Roosevelt.

    The FDR Memorial was recently completed in 1997 and is somewhat off-the-beaten-path in regards to other memorials in Washington DC. It covers a very large area along the edge of the Tidal Basin south of the Mall and the sections of the monument are dedicated to the key quotes and events of each of his four terms as President. With tranquil pools, roaring fountains and falls, and many benches and green trees you could easily spend one hour here.

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