National Mall Monuments: The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

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Jason Barnette
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September 9, 2014
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Written by
Jason Barnette
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September 9th, 2014
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The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is an open-air memorial around the Tidal Basin dedicated to the 32nd president of the United States. The memorial is a long series of alcoves, statues, and engravings that takes you through his 12-year term as president. It’s my favorite memorial in the capital and I find myself drawn here every time I visit the city.

The memorial is tucked away along the Tidal Basin between the Jefferson Memorial and Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Getting there is easy using public transportation; take the DC Circulator and hop off at the bus stop nearby, or take a taxi. Walking is always an option; from the Jefferson Memorial just take the trail along the Tidal Basin, and from the Lincoln Memorial just cross over Independence Avenue.

The memorial is linear, taking visitors on a journey through FDR’s 12-year term as president. The best way to experience this journey is to start on the end closest to the Lincoln Memorial. This way you will experience history in order as you explore the Great Depression and WWI during his presidency. There are several statues, alcoves with water features, and lots of engravings on the stone walls with some of his most famous quotes.

Once you arrive at the end other end you can turn around for a rerun through history, or take the short trail to the edge of the Tidal Basin for a scenic walk past the Japanese Pagoda and to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Photos

A set of statues depicting the Great Depression at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, DC, on Sunday, August 17, 2014. Copyright 2014 Jason Barnette

This scene depicting a line at a food bank during the Great Depression is one of the reasons the FDR Memorial is my favorite to visit.

A statue depicting the former president at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, DC, on Monday, August 18, 2014. Copyright 2014 Jason Barnette

Many people don’t realize President Roosevelt was bound to a wheelchair, as shown with this statue.

One of the many alcoves at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, DC, on Monday, August 18, 2014. Copyright 2014 Jason Barnette

Lots of interesting quotes carved into the marble around the memorial make this an interesting place to explore.

If you would like to view more photos from The National Mall in Washington, D.C., please visit my website at http://photography.southeasterntraveler.com/Washington-DC/The-National-Mall/

FDR Memorial Information

Location – The FDR Memorial is located along The Basin.

Hours – The memorial is open 24/7 to explore. The gift shop hours vary by season.

Website – www.nps.gov/frde/index.htm

Things to Know – There is a small gift shop on site.

Getting There – The memorial is located along the west side of The Basin just off Ohio Drive SW.

Handicap Accessibility – This memorial is accessible. There are a few steps to access different sections, but visitors can easily walk through the flat concrete paths from end to end.

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