Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Pictures and text by Christopher Babcock

The Memorial is along the western bank of the Tidal Basin in Washington D.C The park encompasses about 7.5 acres and was dedicated in 1997 and it commemorates teh leadership of FDR through two of the most difficult periods in American history, the Great Depression and WWII. I took the photos in the wintertime when the fountains were turned off due to freezing weather and that's what all of the ice is in some of the photographs.

From right to left, you can see the entire park and how it divided across the terms in office of FDR, beginning with 1937 and ending with the United Nations after WWII.
Before the war began, FDR needed to get people employed and out of economic slump.
Moving left (north) through the memorial, this inscription is next. The words speak to the rise of fascism and it's inherent threat to Democracy.
As the war began on the continent, FDR used these words to instill a sense of mission and describe how America's strengths could contribute to the war, short of providing combat troops.
In this photo, a portion of the rationale behind Germany first emerges. Hitler was a more existential threat to Democracy than Japan.
Still moving North through the memorial, the warning about the germs of a future war.
At the north end of the memorial, and the last portion of it, lies the Establishment of the United nations, and the U.S. would be a part of it this time around.


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