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  • At the height of the Great Depression, Roosevelt, then governor of New York, was elected the 32nd president of the United States. In his inaugural address in 1933, President Roosevelt promised Americans that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself”
  • In the prologue, FDR is sitting in his wheelchair because of polio he acquired at 39. FDR would buy a town called Warm Springs, Ga. This town he had pools built in order to have Americans of all ages to swim with him for therapeutic purposes.
  • On March 4, 1933, Franklin Roosevelt delivered his first inaugural address before 100,000 people on Washington’s Capitol Plaza. His speech gave many people confidence that they had elected a man who was not afraid to take bold steps to solve the nation’s problems.
  • The FDR memorial opened in 1997.  Over 4.5 tons of South Dakota red granite covers the 7.5 acre memorial that gives a masterful view of waterfalls and quotes such as “I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a New Deal for the American People”
  • Franklin Roosevelt’s second inaugural address — was delivered in January 1937; and it happens to be the first presidential inauguration that took place in January.
  • Symbolism is used by these rolling pins in order to convey FDR’s solution for the Great Depression which was called the New Deal. FDR rolled out the New Deal so Americans could be employed and build up the infrastructure at once by such programs like Tennessee Valley Authority, Civilian Conservation Corps, and Public Works Administration.
  • The effects of the Great Depression in the second of the four rooms depicts a “Breadline” (created by George Segal) showing sorrowful faces of want during a period of strife in America. Also a rural couple, which depicts the farmers struggling through the ravages of the “Dust Bowl”.
  • Memorials should move us to appreciate our freedoms and FDR gives a picture of a leader who with a debilitating disease such as polio motivated him to lead with infinite patience and never-ending persistence.
  • Americans responded to FDR’s radio talks with an unprecedented tide of mail. A Fireside Chat could generate some 450,000 letters, cards and telegrams. FDR’s predecessor in the White House, Herbert Hoover, had received an average of 800 letters a day; FDR got more than 8,000. Many of the envelopes were addressed to FDR as “personal.”
  • The third term was a decisive term which gave way to developing the “Arsenal of Democracy” and later the day of infamy on December 7, 1941 when the imperial Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor thrusted America into World War II.
  • In the third room, large chunks of granite which depict the carnage of World War II are scattered about, and on a large stone wall,  Commander and Chief Roosevelt states,  "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." Address at Chautauqua, NY, August 14, 1936.
  • The Franklin Delano Roosevelt memorial is a presidential memorial is dedicated to the memory of U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and to the era he represents.
  • After 12 years of service as president and the president passes on and the country weeps for their leader. Allen Drury stated “So ended an era, and so begins another.”
  • At the Yalta Conference along with Stalin and Churchill but he never forgets his best friend, Falla, a Scottish terrier. FDR would have his presidential pup everywhere including Sacred Cow, the president’s plane.
  • In this plaza is a timeline of important dates and events from the extraordinary life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
  • The Franklin Delano Roosevelt memorial is a presidential memorial is dedicated to the memory of U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and to the era he represents.