April 12th, 1945 was a sad day for our nation. Our president, who had led us through the depths of the Depression and was a force for good during World War II, died at 3:35 pm. He had just been inaugurated for a record fourth term and was guiding our country through the closing months of the greatest war the planet had ever seen.
This is a somber video of his funeral procession through the nation’s capital. The only other recent presidents to have a funeral on this scale were Kennedy and Reagan.
Below is a beautiful shot of the procession heading down Pennsylvania Avenue.
- President Franklin Roosevelt’s Fourth Inauguration (1945) (ghostsofdc.org)
- On the dignity, creativity, and value of work by Franklin D. Roosevelt (compassioninpolitics.wordpress.com)
- FDR’s 1941 State of the Union: Four Freedoms Speech (ghostsofdc.org)