|Statue of Anne Frank at the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial|
On Monday mornings, I enjoy walking along the Boise Greenbelt with a friend from church. The Greenbelt offers some tranquil scenes on the Boise River, such as the Pioneer Footbridge:
The highlight of today's walk, however, was the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial:
Designed by Idaho architect Ken Karst, the memorial blends the natural riverside environment with a 180-foot Quote Wall. You can read the words of poets, philosophers, children and others -- words of faith in humanity that echo Anne Frank's hopeful spirit. I particularly like this quotation from poet Maya Angelou:
Donor walls and pavers bear the names and thoughts of supporters of the memorial:
The memorial statue of Anne Frank portrays the young girl pushing back a curtain as if looking through a window. As I looked at the statue, I felt as though she was welcoming us to this place of hope and healing.
"In spite of everything, I still believe that people are truly good at heart."