The Veteran's Day we celebrate now was originally known as Armistice Day until 1954. The purpose of the holiday was to commemorate the end of World War I on November 11, 1918. Presidents often participate in ceremonies on November 11th at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, now the Tomb of the Unknowns, at Arlington National … Continue reading Veteran’s Day
First President to Fly in/Steer a Blimp? Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first sitting president to ride in an airplane, an occasion marked by a very long overseas flight to attend the 1943 Casablanca conference. FDR’s distant cousin, Theodore, was the first president ever to fly, a trip that took place back in 1910 shortly … Continue reading Found in the Archives
Armistice Day, November 11,1941 On November 11, 1941 - seventy years ago - President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his Armistice Day Address at the Amphitheater at the sacred site of Arlington National Cemetery. Although this annual event was a presidential tradition, the speech this year took on special meeting, for the world was again aflame … Continue reading Found in the Archives
August 6, 1918: FDR finds himself under fire on the Verdun front with General de Haye. FDR at La Citadelle in Verdun, France. August 6, 1918 FDR Library Photo Collection. NPx. 47-96:4802(83). ********** Did you know: On August 1, 1933, the NRA blue eagle made its official appearance. On August 2, 1939 FDR signed the … Continue reading This Week in Roosevelt History: August 1-7
November 12, 1942 "LONDONDERRY, Northern Ireland—The flight to Ireland yesterday morning was smooth and uneventful, but there was just enough mist to prevent our seeing a great deal below us. We arrived in time to lunch with the Governor General, His Grace, the Duke of Abercorn and the Duchess of Abercorn. We then hurried on … Continue reading Eleanor Roosevelt – My Day: November 8-14
August 6, 1918: FDR finds himself under fire on the Verdun front with General de Haye. FDR at La Citadelle in Verdun, France. August 6, 1918 FDR Library Photo Collection. NPx. 47-96:4802(83).