The Veteran Honored by Roosevelt Park, NYC
Theodore Roosevelt, the namesake of Roosevelt Park, was a veteran of the Spanish-American war. In 1898, he formed The Rough Riders, a volunteer cavalry group, and led them to victories at Kettle Hill and San Juan heights in Cuba. In 2001, Roosevelt was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions in the war.
On July 4, 1903, President Roosevelt gave a speech to veterans in Springfield, IL. He told them, “A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. More than that no man is entitled, and less than that no man shall have.”