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Franklin Delano Roosevelt - a tale of two memorials.
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Oct 9, 2019 11:28:29   #
Earnest Botello Loc: Hockley, Texas
 
Very good series, Carol, well shot.

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Oct 9, 2019 12:02:05   #
Elaine2025 Loc: Seattle, Wa
 
Cwilson341 wrote:
In September 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt called his friend, Supreme Court Justice Frankfurter, to the White House and asked the Justice to remember the wish that he was about to share:

"If any memorial is erected to me, I know exactly what I should like it to be. I should like it to consist of a block about the size of this (putting his hand on his desk) and placed in the center of that green plot in front of the Archives Building. I don't care what it is made of, whether limestone or granite or whatnot, but I want it plain without any ornamentation, with the simple carving, 'In Memory of ____'."

In 1965 the original memorial was dedicated as shown below.

The second memorial, on the Tidal Basin, was dedicated in 1997. It is spread out over 7 1/2 acres and consists of four outdoor rooms representing Roosevelt's four terms in office. There are sculptures, water features and many quotations. I've included just a few of the quotations. I think it would be good if everyone in government was required to visit this memorial and carefully read all the quotations.
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In September 1941, President Franklin Delano Roose... (show quote)


Loved this. Thanks so much for posting.

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Oct 9, 2019 12:23:52   #
Cwilson341 Loc: Central Florida
 
Earnest Botello wrote:
Very good series, Carol, well shot.


Than you, Earnest. I really enjoy both of these monuments!

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Oct 9, 2019 12:24:34   #
Cwilson341 Loc: Central Florida
 
Elaine2025 wrote:
Loved this. Thanks so much for posting.


Thank you, Elaine. DC is a great place to vacation if you have the energy. There is no end to the things to see and do!

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Oct 9, 2019 12:35:32   #
Elaine2025 Loc: Seattle, Wa
 
Cwilson341 wrote:
Thank you, Elaine. DC is a great place to vacation if you have the energy. There is no end to the things to see and do!


Yes, I have been there, it is great for Tourists and so much to see and do. Thanks again.

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Oct 9, 2019 12:46:10   #
markngolf Loc: Bridgewater, NJ
 
Wonderful post, Carol. Not all might agree with me, but I place him among the greatest of Presidents. As a kid during WWII, I listened to his "fireside chats". Surely he was not perfect, but his courage and heart were observable.
Mark

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Oct 9, 2019 12:48:00   #
Cwilson341 Loc: Central Florida
 
markngolf wrote:
Wonderful post, Carol. Not all might agree with me, but I place him among the greatest of Presidents. As a kid during WWII, I listened to his "fireside chats". Surely he was not perfect, but his courage and heart were observable.
Mark


Thank you, Mark! I tend to agree and seeing all his words gave me a strong sense of the person.

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Oct 9, 2019 13:03:27   #
Bill 45
 
markngolf wrote:
Wonderful post, Carol. Not all might agree with me, but I place him among the greatest of Presidents. As a kid during WWII, I listened to his "fireside chats". Surely he was not perfect, but his courage and heart were observable.
Mark


18th cent. had Washington 19th cent. had Lincoln 20th cent. had FDR. Yes no question FDR made mistakes. But think of this: we would not be here if it was not for FDR & Eleanor

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Oct 9, 2019 13:32:52   #
Cwilson341 Loc: Central Florida
 
Bill 45 wrote:
18th cent. had Washington 19th cent. had Lincoln 20th cent. had FDR. Yes no question FDR made mistakes. But think of this: we would not be here if it was not for FDR & Eleanor


Thank goodness we get great presidents now and then. So much would not be if we didn't.

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Oct 9, 2019 14:59:06   #
Sylvias Loc: North Yorkshire England
 
Very interesting set and narrative Carol.

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Oct 9, 2019 15:21:44   #
Cwilson341 Loc: Central Florida
 
Sylvias wrote:
Very interesting set and narrative Carol.

Thank you, Sylvia! I enjoy doing the research to understand what I see.

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Oct 9, 2019 19:11:46   #
photophile Loc: Lakewood, Ohio, USA
 
Cwilson341 wrote:
In September 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt called his friend, Supreme Court Justice Frankfurter, to the White House and asked the Justice to remember the wish that he was about to share:

"If any memorial is erected to me, I know exactly what I should like it to be. I should like it to consist of a block about the size of this (putting his hand on his desk) and placed in the center of that green plot in front of the Archives Building. I don't care what it is made of, whether limestone or granite or whatnot, but I want it plain without any ornamentation, with the simple carving, 'In Memory of ____'."

In 1965 the original memorial was dedicated as shown below.

The second memorial, on the Tidal Basin, was dedicated in 1997. It is spread out over 7 1/2 acres and consists of four outdoor rooms representing Roosevelt's four terms in office. There are sculptures, water features and many quotations. I've included just a few of the quotations. I think it would be good if everyone in government was required to visit this memorial and carefully read all the quotations.
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In September 1941, President Franklin Delano Roose... (show quote)


Well done series.

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Oct 9, 2019 19:36:54   #
Cwilson341 Loc: Central Florida
 
photophile wrote:
Well done series.


Thank you, Karin!

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Oct 9, 2019 20:01:12   #
josephl1331
 
Well done. A great tribute to a great man and first lady.

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Oct 9, 2019 20:05:36   #
Cwilson341 Loc: Central Florida
 
josephl1331 wrote:
Well done. A great tribute to a great man and first lady.


Thank you! It is a very appropriate memorial. It is much more than he wanted but it helps keep his legacy alive for future generations.

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