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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
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Owner description: This outdoor memorial is the most popular of presidential memorials, in large part because of its elegant design, which includes waterfalls and sculptures.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great historical site”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

Franklin Roosevelt Memorial is a great memorial to visit. The excerpts from this great US President's speeches is all over the memorial, etched in stones. It is almost like a time machine which takes you back to Mr. Roosevelt's days.

Visited December 2013
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Leawood, KS
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Unexpected Surprise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

The FDR Memorial was on our itinerary just because it was on our way to the Lincoln Memorial. When our "pedicab" stopped out front, were we ever pleasantly surprised. Plan on spending a lot of time here as the FDR Memorial is really four "mini" memorials depicting FDRs unprecedented four terms in office. Each is uniquely different and worth spending time to get better acquainted with FDR's accomplishments while in office.

You won't regret the time spent here.

Visited November 2013
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Buffalo, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“a walk thru history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014

very interesting, brings history alive. my kids who were 10 and 11 liked it. great timeline of FDRs presidency

Visited July 2013
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Bartlett, Illinois, United States
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Kids loved this!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014

Just a short walk from the Jefferson Memorial. The kids loved seeing the Statues and walking through the memorial. It was neat seeing the replica wheelchair inside the gift shop.

Visited December 2013
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“The most emotionally engaging of the presidential monuments”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

Rather than to follow the more familiar pattern of huge marble edifices with a statue inside, this monument takes the visitor on a short tour with touch points in the form of individual walled spaces, each highlighted by its own unique focal point and dedicated to a theme or period central to Roosevelt's life. Each enclosure has a fountain, statue or other feature, and more than the other monuments, this memorial is well integrated into the terrain and vegetation surrounding the basin. If you can, go during Cherry Blossom season.

The monument is spare in architectural embellishments, and rather focuses on providing quotes of FDR which allow the visitor a rare glimpse into the private mind of this most visible and public figure. It is as if by walking through the open chambers, one experiences FDR's mind grappling with the monumental issues he faced as president, first the ruined economy which had to be restored, and later the most far-reaching questions involving human rights, as he weighed the troubling question as to whether the United States should allow itself to enter World War II. The monument succeeds in its mission in evoking in the visitor an appreciation of the contemplative thoughtfulness that characterized presidential administrations of the past, and it is difficult to visit and leave this place without appreciating contrast that represents to the impulsiveness and occasional immaturity that mark important decision making in Washington today.

Visited April 2013
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