“Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw”
Eleanor Roosevelt, the longest serving First Lady of the United States (1933 – 1945), understood that the road to peace was not for the fainthearted. It would take hard work and a strong determination to believe that reconciliation and peaceful outcomes were possible. She followed through on her convictions. After her husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, died in 1945, she became a vibrant advocate for civil rights.
“All wars eventually act as boomerangs and the victor suffers as much as the vanquished”
“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”
The United States observes Veterans Day on November 11th which coincides with Armistice Day or Remembrance Day celebrated in other parts of the world. They also hold a Memorial Day on the first Monday of May. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.
6 thoughts on “A Week of Remembering – A President’s Wife Speaks”
There are fewer and fewer of us who remember this remarkable woman when she was alive. She was a formidable Lady in the White House and in private and public life after the presidency and after the President passed away.
I only see her in historical videos and know her through her writings. It must have been incredible to see her in action!!!
Eleonore Rossevelt spent many summers at the ranch adjacent to The Holler visiting Irving Solomon whose ranch it was. He was one of the founders of the UN. She wrote her weekly newsletter there and I have seen her cottage and desk! Incredible person!
How exciting! Thank you so much for adding to the conversation. What an extraordinary women she was – she still continues to inspire. Which signifies that words have power and are remembered long after we have moved on…
That last photo of the Washington Monument through the trees is special.
Thank you so much! It was so cold that day in February. My hands were shaking so much when I took the photos, I wondered if any would be in focus. But the clear, briskness was invigorating.
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