(WARM SPRINGS, Ga.) They don't refer to it as commemorating President Roosevelt's death, but rather his life.
Some 200 folks gathered in front of FDR's favorite cottage home on Friday morning, April 12, the anniversary of his death. Among those in attendance were a number of wounded warriors, many in wheelchairs. They received a standing ovation.
Among those recognized for their contributions of preserving President Roosevelt's legacy was Suzanne Pike, a former Little White House employee. Her story is quite fascinating.
She says she was born with clubbed feet, and thanks to President Roosevelt she became the first non-polio patient to be treated at the hospital founded by FDR.
When he died, the president's hearse passed by the hospital to let the patients say their last goodbye. Suzanne was there seated in her wheelchair next to Graham Jackson, the chief petty officer who often serenaded the president with his accordian.
Suzanne has only missed two of these commemorative ceremonies. I asked her why she still comes. She told me, "I just like to come in respect for what a great president he was. It's an honor to come to remember. I want to come as long as I can."
The last president to visit the Little White House was President Bill Clinton. He came for this ceremony in 1995 on the 50th anniversary of President Roosevelt's death.