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United Nations Conference on International Organization

 
 
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By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 27, 2011
1. United Nations Conference on International Organization Marker
Inscription.  Here in this grove of enduring redwoods, preserved for posterity, members of the United Nations Conference on International Organization met on May 19, 1945 to honor the memory of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, thirty-first President of the United States, chief architect of the United Nations and apostle of lasting peace for all mankind
 
Location. 37° 53.898′ N, 122° 34.543′ W. Marker is near Mill Valley, California, in Marin County. Marker can be reached from Main Trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Muir Woods Road, Mill Valley CA 94941, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Redwoods and Their Relatives (approx. 0.2 miles away); Preserving the Forest Primeval (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fall in Muir Woods (approx. 0.4 miles away); Reed's Mill (approx. 1.3 miles away); Mill Valley Railroad Depot (approx. 1.6 miles away); Outdoor Art Club (approx. 1.7 miles away); Grist Mill Stones (approx. 1.7 miles away); John Reed's Saw Mill (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mill Valley.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located in Cathedral Grove in Muir Woods National Monument, about 1/4 mile north of the visitor center, on the Main Trail. Although the marker is undated, the Marin County Free Library Anne T. Kent California Room has a photograph of the marker from ca. 1947.
 
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By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 27, 2011
2. United Nations Conference on International Organization Marker - wider view
 The United Nations Memorial Service at Muir Woods (National Park Service). ?After Roosevelt’s death, Pedro Leao Vellos, Brazilian foreign minister and chairman of his nation’s delegation to the San Francisco conference, suggested that a memorial service for the President be held in Muir Woods in place of the session originally proposed. Secretary of the Interior Ickles invited the delegates to the United Nations conference at attend the service and the dedication of a model of the bronze plaque to be placed there in the president’s memory....The U.S. Navy band opened the ceremony by playing behind the small stage that had been set up in the redwood grove. Major Tomlinson of the National Park Service spoke first, followed by Pedro Leao Velloso of Brazil. Field Marshall Jan Christian Smuts, prime minister of South Africa, was the featured speaker of the day. All of the speakers paid tribute to Roosevelt’s courage in overcoming his physical disability, in confronting the national crisis of the Great Depression, and especially to his leadership during the war and his vision for building peace afterwards. The service’s final speaker was Edward R. Stettinius, Jr., U.S. Secretary of State, who spoke of Muir Woods as a symbol of Roosevelt’s ideals, saying, 'These great redwoods at Muir
<i>United Nations delegates at a commemorative ceremony for Franklin D. Roosevelt, Muir Woods</i> image. Click for full size.
James A. Lawrence (courtesy of the Bancroft Library, University of California at Berkeley), May 19, 1945
3. United Nations delegates at a commemorative ceremony for Franklin D. Roosevelt, Muir Woods
Woods National Monument are the most enduring of all trees. Many of them stood here centuries after every man now living is dead. They are as timeless and as strong as the ideals and faith of Franklin D. Roosevelt'.” (Submitted on January 6, 2020.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 6, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 6, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 6, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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