I had a little time and so drove into DC for a short walkabout the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial–a place I had never been. I admit that I had really no idea what the Memorial looked like, in fact, my impression was that whatever was there was just sort of plopped into place among the trees next to the Tidal Basin. I was very wrong. And, of course, I had done NO study about the Memorial before I visited and so had no background on the symbology. Still haven’t. My visit started by finding a parking place next to the river where I found a woman fishing. By herself. She was there when I arrived…she was there when I left.
At the Memorial, there were hundreds if not thousands of people. Mostly school kids on spring break tours. They came in waves and since I stood at the individual places in the Memorial I saw wave after wave. Once in a while, between waves, no one was around and I took a shot in what appears to be empty space. But wait 20 seconds and another hundred kids.
The Memorial is laid out as a chronological journey through the years of FDR’s presidency. The common architectural theme was massive gray stones with waterfalls, laid out in areas for each term he was in office. I will go back. Well worth the stop and I think my favorite…right after the Vietnam Memorial.