By Lucky Gold, CNN
Imagine a world where one remarkable leader, confined to a wheelchair, stood up for free speech and the end of armed conflict.
Seventy three years ago, Nazi bombs fell nightly on London, killing thousands of civilians.
But on this day in 1941, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt – just elected to an unprecedented third term – went before a joint session of Congress to make the case to help Britain, and prepare Americans for joining the war.
He didn't speak of what or how. Instead, he spoke of why.
He called them "The Four Freedoms,” not just for Americans, but as he stressed in his speech, for people everywhere in the world.
They were: the freedom of speech and expression, the freedom of every person to worship in his own way, the freedom from want, and the freedom from fear.
All these decades later, Roosevelt’s dream of a world guided by his four freedoms remains to be realized.