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    Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    Memorial District of Columbia

The Second World War

America Enters the War

On December 8, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed a Joint Session of Congress, requesting a declaration of war against the Empire of Japan, following the December 7th attack against part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor in the Territory of Hawaii. The President had chosen his words with care, even editing the final text as he delivered the speech. Click here for the final text version as recorded in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Did You Know?

FDR Statue

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.