1945 Film Footage of President Roosevelt’s Funeral

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.

FDR funeral procession
FDR funeral procession down Pennsylvania Ave

Here’s another video of the funeral.

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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