A hidden treasure, a well placed treasure next to the Potomac River along the Tidal Basin and across from the Jefferson Memorial stands the memorial for Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
A President known for his love of water, and his leadership, this memorial is unique in its nature. Built over 7 1/2 acres, and containing four outdoor rooms. Each room representing a term during FDR’s Presidency. This memorial deeply depicts not only the uniqueness of this President, but also the complexity during his twelve years in office.
Beginning with FDR along with his dog Fala, his disability elegantly hidden by his cloak.
He assumed office during the middle of the Great Depression, and reminders of the era include people in a bread line, and sitting by the fireside listening to a radio are sculpted in the landscape.
Franklin D. Roosevelt managed to hold the country together during the most difficult times America has seen. From extreme poverty, through battling a great evil, this President stood steadfast as a leader for us all.
He held the office of President for four terms. It is because of these repeated terms of office that there is now the Presidential limit of two terms in office.
A truly elegant and noble couple, the memorial includes a statue of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who was the first United States delegate to the United Nations.
When the memorial was initially completed in 1997, it had been decided to not include a statue showing FDR in a wheelchair. By 2001, the National Organization on Disability raised sufficient funds to include the following statue to complete the memorial.
If civilization is to survive,
we must cultivate the science of human relationships –
the ability of all peoples, of all kinds,
to live together, in the same world at peace.