Roosevelt Park to Rededicate FDR Monument and Bridge This Weekend

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On Saturday August 4th at 3pm ADT, The Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission will unveil a monument honoring US President Franklin D. Roosevelt. On Sunday August 5that 1pm ADT, the Commission will mark the 50th anniversary of the FDR memorial Bridge that connects Campobello Island, New Brunswick, CA with Lubec Maine, US.

Original FDR Memorial Plaque

Missing Monument to be Rededicated on Campobello Island Saturday Aug. 4th.

Missing monument to Franklin D. Roosevelt will return to the Campobello Memorial Library and Museum this weekend. After twenty years the plaque and memorial, originally dedicated in 1946, has been restored and will be unveiled Saturday August 4th at 3pm Atlantic Time.

The monument originally consisted of a plaque honoring the 32nd US President who spent every summer of his young life and much of his adult life as an active resident of the island. With age and deterioration the supporting structure the monument, was deemed unsafe and the plaque was taken down and put in storage.

This year the Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission and the Campobello Memorial Library and Museum joined forces with Parks Canada, The Historic Sites & Monument Board of Canada and the Friar’s Bay Development Association to restore the original plaque and the monument and return it to it’s place of honor on the lawn of the Library. Hays and Swiler Lindsley, great great grandchildren of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt, will unveil the monument. The ceremony and remarks will occur at 3pm Atlantic Time and 2pm Eastern Time, at the Campobello Memorial Library and Museum. The public is invited; a reception will follow the remarks and rededication.

“Like shaking hands with a partner and good friend, This bridge is the physical symbol of the true friendship between the United States and Canada.” speaking of the FDR Memorial Christopher Roosevelt, Chairman of the Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission, noted on the 50th anniversary of the structure that connects the two countries and the communities of Campobello and Lubec.

The bridge was originally dedicated in 1962 with FDR’s son, then US Representative James Roosevelt, delivering the dedicating remarks. This year FDR’s grandson, Christopher Roosevelt, Chairman of the Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission, will give the rededication remarks.

The bridge recently received a fresh coat of paint and new flags from both the United States and Canada adorn the bridge. Rededication will take place at Mulholland Lighthouse across the Lubec Narrows on the Canadian side. Two new interpretative panels will be unveiled outlining the history of the bridge and the connection between the two countries and the two communities. The ceremony will be at 2pm Atlantic Time/ 1pm Eastern Time. The public is invited.

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