Franklin Delano Roosevelt continues to be personally associated with the National Park Service. He stated "there is nothing so American" in a 1936 speech, speaking on the special quality of national parks. Roosevelt captured the fundamental principle of the National Park Service when he announced that "the fundamental idea behind the parks...is that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us." Franklin Delano Roosevelt is also well-known for his statement "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial stands a remembrance of this noteworthy president.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
The struggle for equality, justice, and freedom and the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Are recognized and honored with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. The memorial is comprised of a sculpture of King, as well as quotes from throughout the civil rights leader's lifetime. From the memorial, visitors can get a good view of the Tidal Basin and cherry trees.
Korean War Veterans Memorial
The Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in 1995. The memorial consists of the Wall of Remembrance and 19 statues made of stainless steel, honoring the lost lives of millions of American and allied soldiers who served in the Korean War.
DC War (World War I) Memorial
The DC War Memorial, completed in 1931, honors the men and women from the District of Columbia who lost their lives in World War I. The names of 499 men and women are inscribed in alphabetical order on a circular, four feet high platform made of marble. The architect of the memorial, Frederick H. Broeke, along with his associates, Horace W. Peaslee and Nathan C. Wyeth, were all veterans of World War I. The memorial is an open-air, circular, Doric structure that was built nearly completely with Vermont marble. The structure stands at 47 feet and is sizable enough to fit the United States Marine band in its entirety. The DC War Memorial's purpose when built was to be not only a memorial, but also a bandstand. It was intended that every concert performed at the memorial would be a tribute to the men and women who served and sacrificed during World War I. Being the National Mall's only District memorial, it symbolizes Washington, D.C.'s unique distinction as a federal city and local entity.
The DC War Memorial was dedicated on November 11, 1931 by Herbert Hoover on the national observance of Armistice Day. In 2010, the American Recover and Restoration Act provided $3.6 million to restore the memorial to its original bright white color. The restoration also gave the memorial new lighting and pathways, and created a more functional layout for the landscape. Now visitors can enjoy a more accessible, safer, and beautiful memorial.
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