I was very little when my Father took my brother and I here for the first time. I believe that this was one of my first memories, we were walking alongside the tidal basin at night and we came across the FDR memorial. I was holding my white teddy bear “Teddy” that I carried everywhere with me. I was in complete awe with the juxtaposition of man made boulders and cascading waterfalls throughout the memorial. This September I was glad I could share that Memory with Michael and visit the Frederick Delano Roosevelt Memorial.
The best time of day to visit is at night, it’s absolutely beautiful to walk alongside the illuminated statues of FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt. One of my favorite quotes “The structure of world peace cannot be the work of one man, or one party, or one nation…it must be a peace which rests on the cooperative effort of the whole world.” Honestly that quote still rings true today.
This tends to be a memorial plenty of people miss when visiting Washington D.C., its nestled between the Martin Luther King JR Memorial and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. It is one of the most powerful experiences that I tend to have a lost for words for. The memorial marks Roosevelts turbulent presidency; from the Great Depression to World War II and his death in 1945.
Fala, Frederick Roosevelt’s dog is the only presidential pet that has been honored in this way. Roosevelt had taken Fala with him every where he had went, the Black Scottish Terrier became an icon during Frederick’s presidency.
The memorials designers intentionally created this memorial to ensure access to those with various physical impairments. Among being wheelchair accessible, the memorial features tactile reliefs with braille.
If you are planning a trip to Washington D.C., I highly recommend putting the Frederick Delano Roosevelt Memorial on your itinerary.