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Franklin D. Roosevelt memorial service, 1945

Posted on April 12, 2016 | in Uncategorized | by
An estimated 3,000 people attended a community memorial service April 14, 1945 outside the Fayette County Courthouse in honor of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR as he more commonly know, died while in office two days earlier from a stroke. Harry Truman then became the 31st President of the United States. Religious leaders and politicians spoke during the service before a crowd that stood motionless and mute, even during a downpoor of rain which forced the ceremony to move inside the courthouse from Cheepside Park. The ceremony ended with mourners singing "God Bless America". Published in the Sunday Herald-Leader April 15, 1945. Herald-Leader archive photo

An estimated 3,000 people attended a community memorial service April 14, 1945, outside the Fayette County Courthouse in honor of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR, as he was more commonly known, had died in office two days earlier from a stroke. Harry Truman became the 31st U.S. president. Religious leaders and politicians spoke during the service before a crowd that stood motionless and mute, even during a downpour that forced the ceremony to move inside the courthouse from Cheapside Park. The ceremony ended with mourners singing God Bless America. See the front page reporting the death of Roosevelt here. And read the story on the memorial service in Lexington here. Published in the Sunday Herald-Leader on April 15, 1945. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

President Franklin D. Roosevelt mourners listened to Rev. Father George O'Bryan during memorial services, April 14, 1945 at Cheepside. Seated at left is Rabbi Julian F. Fleg, and at right, Mayor R. Mack Oldham. Published in the Lexington Herald-Leader April 15, 1945. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

Mourners listened to Rev. Father George O’Bryan during a memorial service for President Franklin D. Roosevelt on April 14, 1945, at Cheapside. Published in the Lexington Herald-Leader ib April 15, 1945. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

The flag atop the Fayette County courthouse April 12, 1945 flew at half-mast in honor of the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Herald-Leader archive photo

The flag at the Fayette County courthouse on April 12, 1945, flew at half-staff in honor of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Herald-Leader archive photo

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