Presidential Quotations About National Parks
“There is nothing so American as our national parks.... 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.”
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
Read more Presidential quotations about our National Parks.
The Second World War
President Roosevelt entered his historic third term in 1941 mindful of the worsening world situation as well as the strongly isolationist feeling shared by most Americans. Events drew this country into the most destructive war in history and the nation looked to the President to provide bold leadership and guidance in uncertain times. Read more.
Did You Know?
The waterfalls throughout the memorial are there for several reasons. First, they are symbolic of FDR’s connection to and love of water (he was Assistant Secretary of the Navy during World War I). Second, they block out some of the noise from the airport located directly across the Potomac River.