The Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site and The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum Offer a Full Calendar of Memorial Day Weekend Events

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Date: May 14, 2018
Contact: Franceska Macsali Urbin (NPS), 845-229-6225
Contact: Cliff Laube (NARA), 845-486-7745

HYDE PARK, NY -- The Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site and The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will host a series of public events over Memorial Day Weekend from Friday, May 25 through Monday, May 28, 2018.
 

On Friday, May 25, at 7:00 p.m. in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will present its 15th annual USO Show. Patterned after the WWII-era shows put on to entertain American troops serving around the globe, this year's show will feature two hours of entertainment including live Big Band music from the 1930s and 40s, comedy and juggling, historic newsreels, and much more. This evening of family entertainment is the kick-off event for the Memorial Day Weekend programs at the Roosevelt Library and Home. Pre-registration is required for this event as seating is limited. Visit www.fdrlibrary.org to register.
 
  • WORLD WAR II ENCAMPMENT & MILITARY DISPLAYS
On Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27, the Roosevelt Library and The Duffle Bag of Patterson, New York, will present a weekend of historic military displays and a World War II encampment on the Library's front lawn.

Re-enactors in battle dress will be on hand to share their love of history with the visiting public. Collections of military uniforms, weapons, and insignia from 1917 to the present day will be displayed. Customized dog tags will be available for purchase, and period military vehicles will be on display.

This year's encampment will also feature members of the 240th Military Police Battalion, a National Park Service and Roosevelt Library living history program. The military policemen will be on hand all weekend to present the history of their unit, and demonstrate military equipment, including a period communications system. Free, public event.
 
  • FIELD OF HONOR® FLAG DISPLAY
From Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28, the Hyde Park Education Foundation will host a Field of Honor® flag display at the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site. Hundreds of American flags will fly in a patriotic display honoring veterans, first responders and hometown heroes. Free, public event.
 
  • ROSE GARDEN MEMORIAL SERVICE
On Memorial Day, May 28, the National Park Service will host a graveside memorial service at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Garden at the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site. Various community organizations will be presenting wreaths in honor of President Roosevelt, including American Legion Post #1303, American Legion Post #1466 (presenting a wreath on behalf of the USS Roosevelt DDG 80), Town Of Hyde Park, Dutchess County, Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Historical Association, The Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Partnership, The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, and the National Park Service. Free, public event.

Regular admission will be charged for the FDR Library and National Park Service Historic Sites. Contact Cliff Laube, at the Roosevelt Library, at (845) 486-7745 or Franceska Macsali Urbin, with the National Park Service, at (845) 229‑6225, with questions.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Designed by Franklin Roosevelt and dedicated on June 30, 1941, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is the nation's first presidential library and the only one used by a sitting president. Administered by the National Archives and Records Administration since 1941, the Library preserves and makes accessible to the American people the records of FDR's presidency. The Roosevelt Library's mission is to foster a deeper understanding of the lives and times of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and their continuing impact on contemporary life. This work is carried out through the Library's archives and research room, museum collections and exhibitions, innovative educational programs, and engaging public programming. For more information about the Library or its programs call (800) 337-8474 or visit www.fdrlibrary.org.

The National Park Service administers the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Sites in Hyde Park, New York. Visitors to the sites can enjoy guided tours of the historic buildings, beautiful gardens, lush green lawns, and miles of hiking trails. Special park events are offered throughout the year, and kids can participate in free junior ranger programs. For more information visit www.nps.gov/hofr.
 



Last updated: May 14, 2018

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