NYC's Official Memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt

Saturday, April 14, 1945

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

WNYC announcer describes the scene on Broadway, where citizens have gathered to memorialize Roosevelt.

A moment of silence, during which only bells and birds are heard.

Mayor La Guardia addresses the crowd. Rev. J. Francis A. McIntyre reads a proclamation from President Truman and declares a day of mourning. Choir sings. La Guardia introduces Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler, president of Columbia University, who "speaks for the people of New York": this is a day of mourning for all Americans, where ever they may be. Franklin Roosevelt laid down his life for his country. Three characteristics of constructive statesmanship: foresight, courage, faith. Choir sings. Rabbi Israel Goldstein reads the scripture. Choir sings.

An unnamed speaker addresses the crowd, describes the people who came to the memorial. Encourages the people to carry on the work begun "by the leader we have lost."

Another unnamed speaker: his name stood for understanding. He spoke for every one of us, and men listened and believed in him. Lists various military accomplishments.

Unnamed speaker makes a pledge on behalf of the CIO to never forget FDR.

Benediction given by Rev. John Sutherland Bonnell.

Choir sings the Star Spangled Banner.

WNYC announcer closes the program.

Sounds of rain drops, wind, and thunder throughout.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71642
Municipal archives id: LT2524


Nicholas Murray Butler, Fiorello H. La Guardia and J. Francis A. McIntyre


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