The FDR Memorial on the Tidal Basin.
On March 4, 1933, FDR (President Franklin Roosevelt) delivered his first inaugural address before 100,000 people. His speech gave many people confidence that they had elected a man who was not afraid to take bold steps to solve the nation’s problems. Eventually, Roosevelt would deliver a total of 4 inaugural addresses because he was elected to the presidency 4 times in a row!
The FDR Memorial also gives us a picture of a leader with a debilitating disease that motivated him to lead with infinite patience and never-ending persistence. In the entry area to the memorial, we are introduced to FDR in his wheelchair – because of polio he acquired at the age of 39 – right after he was elected to the presidency.
The FDR Memorial on the Tidal Basin is designed to celebrate each of the 4 administrations of FDR in 4 different outdoor rooms – each with water features- pools, waterfalls, fountains – and statuary.
This handy Google Map will show you where the FDR Memorial is in relation to the rest of the city.