Not long ago we visited the newly opened Four Freedoms Park dedicated to FDR. It was named after the four freedoms he talked about in his state of the union address in 1941. Did you know he is the only President in history to serve four consecutive terms for a total of 12 years until his death in 1945? Just doing my bit to further our knowledge of American history.
Back to the park.It is a very impressive four-acre memorial considering that it took decades from the time that it was conceived to get it built! Designed by the late great Louis Kahn and then completed by a local architect firm, it offers sweeping views of the New York City skyline on both sides of Roosevelt Island. While you can capture some great shots of the city, the memorial itself has many cool angles, textures, and patterns that make it fun to shoot. It is open six days a week from 9am to 5pm, but closed Tuesday for some reason.
The journalist Tom Brokaw wrote about The Greatest Generation, referring to those who grew up in the United States during the Great Depression and went on to fight in WW II. It is also the generation that lived under the leadership and guidance of FDR who is famous for many quotes, including this one that tops my list:
If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.
I often wonder what our generation is going to be called!