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FDR Memorial: 1st Term

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Accessible Rooms, Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Information, Information - Ranger/Staff Member Present, Parking - Auto, Restroom - Accessible, Scenic View/Photo Spot

This part of the memorial represents FDR's 1st term as president.

Inscriptions

Wall, right to left
THIS GENERATION OF AMERICANS HAS A RENDEVOUS WITH DESTINY
I PLEDGE MYSELF TO A NEW DEAL FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
IN THESE DAYS OF DIFFICULTY, WE AMERICANS EVERYWHERE MUST AND SHALL CHOOSE THE PATH OF SOCIAL JUSTICE...THE PATH OF FAITH, THE PATH OF HOPE, AND THE PATH OF LOVE TOWARD OUR FELLOW MAN.
NO COUNTRY, HOWEVER RICH, CAN AFFORD THE WASTE OF ITS HUMAN RESOURCES. DEMORALIZATION CAUSED BY VAST UNEMPLOYMENT IS OUR GREATEST EXTRAVAGANCE. MORALLY, THE GREATEST MENACE TO OUR SOCIAL ORDER.
Above bas relief
THE ONLY THING WE HAVE TO FEAR IS FEAR ITSELF
Wall opposite waterfall
MEN AND NATURE MUST WORK HAND IN HAND. THE THROWING OUT OF BALANCE OF THE RESOURCES OF NATURE THROWS OUT OF BALANCE ALSO THE LIVES OF MEN.
Wall, exit
AMONG AMERICAN CITIZENS THERE SHOULD BE NO FORGOTTEN MEN AND NO FORGOTTEN RACES.

Landscape architect: Lawrence Halprin
Sculptor (bas relief): Leonard Baskin

Last updated: April 7, 2021