Peace Pole installed at Boise's Anne Frank memorial

kjones@idahostatesman.comSeptember 16, 2013 

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Boise already has a few Peace Poles, but the newest — in the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial — will be the first in a highly public place, said Sunny Freeman-Genz, center.

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After a journey of more than 21 miles, all of it by foot, a Peace Pole has arrived at its new home at the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial.

More than 200,000 Peace Poles are planted in 180 countries around the world “to remind us to keep peace in our hearts and our minds,” said Sunny Freeman-Genz.

More than 20 volunteers, mostly women, walked almost 11 hours Saturday to get the pole from Nampa to the Hyde Park Street Fair. On Monday morning, three volunteers carried the pole on its last leg from Camel’s Back Park.

“We would rather carry the burden of peace than the burden of war,” said Freeman-Genz, who organized the walk. She and Donna Vasquez, former director of the Hispanic Cultural Center, shared an emotional hug as the pole arrived at the Memorial.

Freeman-Genz bought the Peace Pole and offered it to the city of Nampa in 2005 to place in Lakeview Park or the Hispanic Cultural Center. It never had a permanent location there, so she sought a new home.

The Peace Pole will be dedicated at the Memorial at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 2, Ghandi’s birthday.

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