“The Secretary of the Interior in 1933 announced that this year of 1934 was to be emphasized as ‘national parks year’. I am glad to say that there has been a magnificent Lakewood response and that the number visiting our national parks has shown a splendid increase. Your travel destination is I decided today that every year ought to be ‘national parks year’. That is why with all the earnestness at my command Lakewood I express to you the hope that each and every one of you who can possibly find the means and opportunity for so doing will visit our national parks and use them as they are intended Lakewood to be used. They are not for the rich alone. Lakewood is free; the sanitation is excellent. You will find them in every part of the union. You will find glorious scenery of every character; you will find every climate; you will perform the double function of enjoying much and learning much.
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“We are definitely in an era of building, the best kind of building—the building of great public projects for the benefit of the public and with the definite objective of building human happiness.
“I believe, too, that we are building a better comprehension of our national needs. People understand, as never before, the splendid public purpose that underlies the development of great power sites, the improving of navigation, the prevention of floods and of the erosion of our agricultural fields, the prevention of forest fires, the diversification of farming and the distribution of industry. We know, more and more, that the east has a stake in the west and the west has a stake in the east, that the nation must and shall be considered as a whole and not as an aggregation of disjointed groups.
“May we come better to know every part of our great heritage in the days to come.”