U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, Idaho Sens. Cherie Buckner-Webb and Chuck Winder, Idaho Rep. Hy Kloc and Boise Mayor Dave Bieter will speak at a special ceremony on Thursday at the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial in Boise.
The public ceremony will promote Idaho’s rejection of hate and intolerance in the wake of recent vandalism at the memorial.
The ceremony will take place at 11:45 a.m. at the Anne Frank Memorial Plaza, 777 S. 8th St. in Boise. Dan Prinzing, the executive director of the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, will also speak.
Crapo has entered a statement on the matter into the Congressional Record that he will present to Prinzing during the ceremony.
After someone vandalized the memorial, Idahoans donated money to repair the damage. This follows a donation earlier this spring of $175,000 from Idaho Falls native and philanthropist Greg Carr. The donation will support the Wassmuth’s Center’s current expansion project, which includes an outdoor classroom named for human rights advocate Marilyn Shuler who died earlier in 2017. Carr has challenged Idahoans to match his grant with their own donations.
The Congressional Record statement reads in part:
“Kindness, support and respect run deep in Idaho. The response to the recent vandalism of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial in Boise, Idaho, is the most recent example of the depth of compassion in Idahoans. Since the recent vandalism, considerable resources have poured in to repair and enhance the Memorial. Rather than responding with anger and hate, Idaho is moving forward with a positive spirit of renewal and inclusiveness.”