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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

This tribute features outdoor galleries, statues and inscriptions meant to represent the 32nd U.S. president’s time in office, from 1933 to 1945.

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I'm not sure why people are coming up and taking pic in the bread line with smiles on. It was not a happy time.

- Jon Stewart

Stand w/ @BarackObama: Protect Medicare, Medicaid & Education. Support #JobsNotCuts

- Jobs Not Cuts

Definitely the best memorial in DC. Sculptures, waterfalls, evocative quotes... A fitting tribute to the man who brought this country out of the Great Depression.

- Sean McGrath

The best memorial in DC, different quotes and sculptures are all around. Even on the steps! You could spend hours looking around this one monument.

- Dustin Pfannenstiel

Room Three is “The War Years” (1940-44). Loud waterfalls symbolize turmoil of US entrance to WWII. FDR sculpture controversial for lap blanket considered to hide handicap. Full site history via

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President that got all of you social security!

- Alessandro Barchi

Go to the FDR Memorial at night. The lights play with the statues and waters in a way that daylight just doesn't bring out.

- JR Russ

Room Four “Seeds of Peace” (1944-1945). Statue pays tribute to the former first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. This work was the first public artwork to honor a First Lady. Full site history via

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Room Two is reflection of FDR’s 2nd term (1936-1940) titled “Social Policy.” Features 3 sculptures by George Segal (known for Gay Liberation work in NYC Christopher Park). Full site history via

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One of the greatest presidents of all set a benchmark for all the monument is fitting. Some cool different sculptures beautiful waterfall read the words and take a moment big photo op here

- Erik Cintron

Did you know Franklin Delano Roosevelt hosted a hot dog picnic at his private retreat in Hyde Park, New York for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth?

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Kids say the best part of this memorial is the statue of three-foot high Fala, Roosevelt's Scotty dog, whom they're allowed to pet. Powered by ParentsConnect.com

- Dora

Sad to see how many visitors - wink, wink millennials - don't understand the monument depicting how impoverished we were, and decide to pose smiling with the statues of those in the food line.

- Rennie Leon

Room One is titled “The Early Years” and focuses on Roosevelt’s first term from 1932-1936. Along south wall is 30' bas relief by Robert Graham titled The First Inaugural. Full site history via

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

After nearly 50 yrs in planning/construction & $48 million incurred, the 7.5 acre Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial was dedicated on May 2, 1997 by President Bill Clinton. Full site history via

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Make sure to start at Term 1 and work you way through the time line.

- Richard Revilla

Ask yourself if the current leaders of our country have the same love of our country's REAL core values as FDR once did.

- J R

If you make it this far you are almost to Jefferson. You gotta see Jefferson, declaration of Independence writer?!!

- Chris T

Start at the water falls and work your way to the quiet pool.

- Susan Brashear

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