Honoring a Beloved First Lady

“…no matter how plain a woman may be if truth & loyalty are stamped upon her face all will be attracted to her….” Eleanor Roosevelt

 

This morning I joined an intrepid group who showed up in the rain to honor one of the most admired Americans of the 20th century on the 50th anniversary of her death.

 

Eleanor Roosevelt was our longest serving First Lady as her husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, held office in the days before term limits (1933 – 1945).  She was a tireless worker for human rights and a beloved “citizen of the world”.  Eleanor’s grandson, Franklin Roosevelt  III spoke at the ceremony in Riverside Park and 72d Street near the statue of his grandma.  He noted that his Eleanor would have been thrilled to know that we now have an African American president  (for two terms!) who has done such good work towards providing health care for all.

At the end of the ceremony, the grandson went right up to the statue of Eleanor and gave her some pink roses and hug.  It was a beautiful tribute to a truly beautiful woman.

 

 

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