FDR Memorial + the Cherry Blossoms // Favorite Things

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, located on the Tidal Basin in the District of Columbia, is one of my favorite spots in the city. During the Cherry Blossom Festival, it can be breathtaking. There are so many events each week in the District, it is impossible to catch them all. The one annual adventure that I make sure not to miss is this one. The memorial is beautifully done, and on a cold, gray, pre-festival day like yesterday, it inspires a peaceful, even introspective mood.

The outdoor memorial is comprised of statues (including one of Eleanor Roosevelt, the only Presidential memorial to depict a First Lady as well), water elements, tactile reliefs, and a long, meandering path through four outdoor “rooms,” lined with red granite walls. Inspirational quotes, many of them focusing on peace, are chiseled on the granite walls, including this one, applicable today, I think.  “In these days of difficulty, we Americans 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.”

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  1. Needled Mom
    Posted March 25, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to visit someday.

  2. Posted March 25, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    I’m so excited to be here for the Cherry Blossom Festival this year! Now if we can only conjure up some warm weather!

  3. Posted March 25, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    This is one of my favorite memorials in the city as well. In part because I’ve gotten to spend so much time playing ultimate frisbee next to it! What a great city we live in!

  4. Julie
    Posted March 26, 2011 at 1:03 am | Permalink

    My husband proposed to me at the FDR so its my favorite spot in DC. love your blog!

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