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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

By John T. Marck


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. To his side is a statue of his dog, Fala.

President Bill Clinton dedicated the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial on Friday, May 2, 1997. In doing so, President Clinton walked slowly on crutches, just as FDR had walked 60 years before, to dedicate this memorial to the president who had led the country through its worst depression and a brutal war.

"The only thing he have to fear, is fear itself." These are the words spoken by our 32nd President, a man who knew what courage meant. Despite, at age 39, being stricken with polio and paralyzed from the waist down, he guided the country through some of its darkest times. This memorial honors this man and his story.

Copyright 2007-2022  by John T. Marck. Information in part compliments of the National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places. Some passages taken directly from the National Park Service. Photograph by John T. Marck. Copyright 2007 - All Rights Reserved. Do Not Duplicate.