The FDR Memorial honors Franklin D. Roosevelt for leading the United States through the Great Depression and World War II. This impressive memorial to FDR is spread over 7.5 acres and includes numerous statues, quotes, and waterfalls.
FDR Depicted With a Wheelchair
FDR suffered from polio and sat in a wheelchair. The FDR memorial was the first monument in Washington, DC designed to be wheelchair accessible.
The FDR Memorial has a park-like setting with a beautiful location along the Tidal Basin in the heart of Washington, DC.
Waterfall at the FDR Memorial
The FDR Memorial has waterfalls and giant stones engraved with famous quotations of FDR, such as “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.” Water was an important aspect of President Roosevelt's life, as he enjoyed swimming and sailing as a child and served as Assistant Secretary of the United States Navy during the First World War. As president, FDR supported several water power projects.
FDR and Fala
Fala, a Scottish terrier was President Franklin D. Roosevelt's favorite pet. The two are depicted in this statue at the FDR Memorial. Fala often accompanied Roosevelt to important events. Programs for kids are held at the Memorial, sharing the stories of Fala and FDR.
The FDR Memorial is spread over 7.5 acres and includes numerous statues, quotes, and waterfalls.
The Breadline Sculpture
The FDR Memorial is divided into four outdoor galleries, one for each of FDR’s terms as President. This sculpture represents men waiting in the Breadline. The inscription reads:
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.
George Segal created the powerful sculptures to represent the despair of the Great Depression.
FDR Memorial Wall
The FDR Memorial is a beautiful park-like attraction with waterfalls and giant stones engraved with famous quotations of FDR.
The FDR Memorial honors Franklin D. Roosevelt for leading the United States through the Great Depression and World War II.