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.
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. 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. Herald-Leader archive photo

From our archives: 71 years ago, 3,000 gathered at Cheapside to mourn FDR

April 14, 2016 11:42 AM

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