Life List #61. Visit the FDR Memorial.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt is my favorite president. I am a fan of the Civilian Conservation Corps (and in particular all the work they did in our National Parks creating trails). I love the Works Projects/Progress Administration (and especially the work they did recording our American history). I love that FDR thought big and tried to do good for the least among us, despite coming from incredible wealth. I love that he named the first woman to the Cabinet (Frances Perkins, Secretary of Labor, worthy of her own gushing.). I even think he married well (Eleanor FTW!).

Despite all this (and more shamefully, despite living in DC for 13 years now, in relatively close proximity). I had never been to his Memorial. So on a beautiful day this Fall, I corrected that – walking over on my lunch break to check it out.

When you see pictures of the Memorial, you generally see this statute:

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I thought that was the full Memorial, but I was so wrong. Here is a little tour of the Memorial, but there is so much more. It is definitely worth checking out if you are in DC.

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The Memorial was dedicated in 1997, but the statue with FDR in a wheelchair was not added until 2001, following the protests of disability advocates. It’s a powerful addition to a great monument. You can read more about the monument here.

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Life List #61. Visit the FDR Memorial.

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