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"On this evening tour you’ll visit such famous sites as the Lincoln Vietnam Korean and Iwo Jima Memorials on foot for up-close exploration as well as a photo stop at the White House and a stop that lets you see either the FDR Memorial or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. You’ll also see the Kennedy Center U.S. Capitol Building
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Memorials in Washington DC Bus Tour
"Maximize your sightseeing time in Washington DC on this half-day tour that departs from Union Station. Settle into your seat aboard the bus (depending on the weather and availability you may be lucky enough to ride on a double-decker bus) and loop around the DC metro area as you listen to onboard commentary about the city's famous memorials and monuments.As you make stops at seven memorials your driver a licensed sightseeing guide remains by the coach while you explore independently. Visit the Lincoln Memorial to admire this impressive monument to the 16th US president Abraham Lincoln
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Morning Monuments Tour of Washington DC
"After pickup at your hotel or local accommodations meet the guide and the rest of the tour group at the National Archives Building to begin this comprehensive 3-hour tour around and through the nation’s capital Washington DC. Travel aboard an air-conditioned motor coach with an expert local guide who knows the city of Washington DC inside and out.On this 3-hour morning tour visit the most popular monuments memorials and museums in DC. Drive by 30 of DC’s top sites with stops at 12 of them
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FDR - Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Tips (49)

Four Term President

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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DEBBBEDB
Aug 04, 2013

FDR Memorial

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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PinkFloydActuary
Jul 20, 2013

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

The FDR Memorial was one of the last outdoors memorials we visited in Washington. Because it has been unusually hot in Washington this summer, we limited our outdoor tours, making sure we were out really early, or late evening when it was cooler. We came to this particular memorial after touring the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial. It was an overcast afternoon, so the heat was reduced to a minimal.

Located along the tidal basin, it honors United States' longest serving president; Franklin D. Roosevelt. It lays bare the undeniably distinguished career. It was dedicated by President Clinton in 1997; the architect Lawrence Halprin did an incredible job with the quotes and waterfalls.

Four outdoor rooms make up the memorial, each of them is representative of a 3 year term. Each has quotes by FDR and the Sculptures are also representative of what the president held dear. The last outdoor room has FDR with his favorite dog Fala sitting together. He led the country through the great depression and inspired a nation during the toughest times in the history of the United States.

The memorial is accessible to people with disabilities; I believe it was a consideration by the architect since the president was handicapped too. The famous words FDR spoke "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself" are engraved on the wall of the first quadrant of the memorial, along side the first waterfall. This is a must see should you find yourself in Washington.

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Africancrab
Jul 27, 2012

Longest Serving US President

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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Jul 23, 2012
 
 
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Monuments-FDR

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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Dabs
Apr 26, 2010

Memorial to Real Person

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.

thefryingfish
Nov 03, 2009

Mrs. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Room 4

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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Sep 13, 2009

Tucked away in greenery- FDR Memorial

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

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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Jun 06, 2009

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Room 3 Part 3

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.
Open All Year
Closures
December 25th.

Restrooms available at Memorial entrance and exit.

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Jun 06, 2009

'Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Room 3 Part 2

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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Yaqui
Jun 06, 2009

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Room 3

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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Jun 06, 2009

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