The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial covers 7.5 acres and serves as a memorial to FDR and as a remembrance for the difficult times when he served as president. The large space is divided into four areas or rooms, each representing one of his four terms in office.
The huge memorial has defined areas created by walls of red colored granite from South Dakota. This expansive design creates the effect of an outdoor museum, park and garden combined with space for waterfalls, sculpture and quiet areas.
The images in this entry are of the sculpture of FDR in Room Three of the memorial. The sculpture by Neil Estern depicts the seated figure of Franklin Delano Roosevelt with his dog Fala sitting near him.
The inscription next to this statue is from 1941:
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.
Other inscriptions from Room Three, include this one from 1940:
We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all our citizens, whatever their background. We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.
And this one from 1936:
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.
Links to other StationStart.com entries about the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial:
- Eleanor Roosevelt
- The Rural Couple
- The Breadline
- The Fireside Chat
- The Presidential Seal
- FDR Wheelchair Sculpture
The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is located on the southwest edge of the Tidal Basin accessible by foot from the path around the edge of the Tidal Basin with another entrance on West Basin Drive SW in Washington DC. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the entrance area of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.
Closest Metro Station: The Smithsonian Metro Station on the Blue and Orange Lines is the nearest Metro Station to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.