Franklin Delano Roosevelt, our 32nd President, really knew what courage meant. Even though at the age of 39 he contracted polio and was paralized from the waist down, he became a true leader. He led the United States through the Great Depression and World War II. His memorial pays tribute to the man and his unique story.
The monument, dedicated on May 2, 1997, extends over 7.5 acres. It tells the story of 12 years of American History from four outdoor spaces, representing his four terms as president. Sculptures created by photographs portray FDR with his dog Fala. There are sculptures from the Great Depression, such as listening to his fireside chats on the radio and waiting in a bread line. and a bronze statue of First Lady Elenore Roosevelt in front of the United Nations which shows her involvement with the UN.
Water is a physical and metaphoric part of the memorial. Each of the four areas has a waterfall. The waterfalls become larger and more complicated from room to room, showing the increasing complexity of his years as president that had the problems of economic depression and world war.
There are over 2,852,565 visitors to the mwemorial each year and it is managed by the National Park service.
Washington D.C. has a moderate climate representative of the Mid-Atlantic United States, with four separate seasons. Summer is very hot and humid with highs in July and August in the 80's to 90's. Because of the humidity there can be many thunderstorms, some with tornadoes. Spring and fall are very pleasant with low humidity and temperatures in the 60's to 70's. Many trees and bushes are in bloom, most notably the cherry blossoms. Winter can feature cold temperatures, snow and freezing rain and sometimes sizable snowstorms. Average highs are in the low 40's and lows in the mid 20's from mid-December to mid-February. The temperature can occasionally drop into the teens.