Much of the day's program, as one might expect, was dedicated to commemorating a famous passage from FDR's 1941 Annual Message to Congress (1941b), an event that historians routinely refer to as the "Four Freedoms speech
." Officials at the park played an audio recording of the passage, which encouraged the master of ceremonies, Tom Brokaw, to offer some historical perspective.
In the speech, later dubbed the Four Freedoms speech
, Roosevelt proposed four fundamental freedoms every person should enjoy--the freedoms of speech and worship and the freedoms from want and fear.
In his 1941 Four Freedoms speech
justifying America's possible entry into World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed that freedom meant "the supremacy of human rights everywhere: The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights codified and defined the concept of human rights in international law.
Roosevelt's Four Freedoms speech
, designed by the late renowned architect, Louis I.