History & Culture
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Franklin Roosevelt remains intimately connected to the National Park Service. During a speech in 1936, President Roosevelt noted the special quality of national parks by stating that "there is nothing so American." He captured the essential truth of the agency by declaring, "the fundamental idea behind the parks...is that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us."
Did You Know?
At seven and a half acres, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is the largest presidential memorial on the National Mall. Interestingly, it stands near the site of numerous temporary World War II dormitories that housed several women supporting wartime military and governmental services.