To visit the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, which was opened in 1997 and is now run by National Park Service, means to transport to an era in the history of America, which is rife with Great Depression and conflicts between nations. The memorial situated on the Tidal Basin in Washington DC throws light to the trials and tribulations of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was the longest-serving president in the history of the United States of America.
The memorial, which pays tribute to the 32nd American President, is made up of four sections that are representative of each of his 4 tenure as a US Commander in Chief. The bronze statues of Roosevelt, his former First Lady namely Eleanor Roosevelt, the trusty canine of the President, his first pet named Fala, and scenes from the economic depression era, surrounded by several engraved quotes and waterfalls. The nods to the Great Depression in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial comprise of scenes like informal conversations and one that depicts a line of people waiting for their daily bread given on charity.
Like most memorials along the National Mall, the Roosevelt Memorial is also free to public access and stays open 24 hours a day. All thanks to the site, it is home to alongside several cherry blossom trees, the memorial is a popular tourist destination that springs to life come the National Cherry Blossom Festival in particular. If you are planning a Washington Monument tour from March 20 to April 15, 2018, this is the place to be in amongst all the Washingtonians that come in large numbers for the festival during spring.
Did you know this memorial in Washington DC is not the first one to honor Franklin Roosevelt, who guided the Americans through an economic condition that plagued industrialists and financial markets over the course of 10 years and the WWII in four presidential terms? Obliging the request of former Supreme Court Justice, Felix Frankfurter, that the first monument in tribute of Franklin Roosevelt shall be erected in the premises of the National Archives Building, Congress had placed a desk-sized stone likeness of Roosevelt and a plaque. However, the Congress has come to a consensus years later that a bigger tribute and a more resonant location be chosen to honor the American President.