We really liked the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, so we want to dedicate an entire blog post to showing you what we found there. Most memorials dedicated to a person consist of one structure. But not this one. Let’s go.
This is a famous statement made by President Franklin Roosevelt, or FDR as he was known. The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself.
That sounds right to these Colorado Traveling Ducks. We love water, waterfalls and fountains, so this was a great view for us.
FDR is sitting in his chair.
When he was 39 years old, in 1921, he contracted polio, losing the use of his legs. Franklin D. Roosevelt was President of the United States during the Great Depression and also during World War II. In the days before television, he talked to the American people on the radio. This man is listening to one of his “fireside chats.”
This sign shows President Roosevelt’s definition of progress for the American people.
This statue illustrates his philosophy.
During the Great Depression many Americans were out of work and could not feed themselves or their families.
These people are in line for a meal at what was called a “soup kitchen.” Here is another favorite fountain at this memorial.
FDR was very fond of his dog, Fala, so here is Fala with President Franklin Roosevelt. Many people wonder if President Franklin Roosevelt was related to President Theodore Roosevelt. They were related, but just barely. They were 5th cousins. FDR was a popular president and guided our country through two very difficult times in our history. FDR was president during the Great Depression, and also during World War II. He was also the only president to run for office 4 times and to be elected 4 times. He was President of the United States from 1933-1945. After he died in office, our laws were changed to only allow a president to have two terms. After President Franklin D Roosevelt’s death, April 12,1945, Eleanor pushed for the US to join the United Nations. Eleanor Roosevelt, the widow of President Franklin Roosevelt, became the first United States delegate to the United Nations.
She also served as the first chairperson of the UN Commission on Human Rights. This is a great memorial with many areas and a gift shop with a small museum in the center of the memorial. We want to end today with another favorite fountain.
We hope you visit the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial when you are in Washington DC. It is on the Tidal Basin. We think you will like it.