The History Center of Niagara will once again be hosting a commemoration of Pearl Harbor Day on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. Local actor Albert McFadyen will bring his outstanding portrayal of Franklin Delano Roosevelt to the History Center.
Dec. 7 marks the 72nd anniversary of the Japanese attack on the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack launched the United States into World War II with FDR’s “Day of Infamy” speech. As part of the program, McFadyen will recreate the speech that Roosevelt presented before Congress on Dec. 8, 1941. Other highlights will include stories and anecdotes about Roosevelt’s life and presidency.
McFadyen uses an antique wheelchair and cane in his portrayal of Roosevelt, who was paralyzed from the waist down due to the effects of polio. Roosevelt’s familiar cigarette holder and his jaunty grin are also used to great effect by McFadyen, who has also mastered Roosevelt’s physical presence and mannerisms.
Admission is free – donations are always accepted.