Roosevelt Day

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Roosevelt (Franklin D.) Day

January 30
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) was the 32nd president of the United States and the only one elected to four terms of office. He fell ill from polio in 1921, but regained partial use of his legs. His administration extended from the darkest days of the Great Depression to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He never lived to see the final Allied victory at the end of World War II, however; he was stricken with a massive cerebral hemorrhage and died at the Little White House in Warm Springs, Georgia, on April 12, 1945.
Roosevelt's birthday is observed by family members, friends, and representatives of various organizations at his home at Hyde Park, New York. The ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m., when a color guard from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point marches into the rose garden where the President is buried and takes its place before his grave. Wreaths are laid, and a family member places cut flowers on the grave. The superintendent of the military academy presents the "President's Wreath," a prayer is offered, and the event concludes with three volleys from a ceremonial firing squad.
Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
National Park Service
4097 Albany Post Rd.
Hyde Park, NY 12538
800-337-8474 or 845-229-9115; fax: 845-229-0739
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AnnivHol-2000, p. 17
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Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, Fourth Edition. © 2010 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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