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City of Boise Honors Governor Cecil D Andrus

"Now we must look ahead. We must prepare ourselves to fight and win new battles, to press the great and just cause of improving the human condition. Our calling is to assure a full place at the center of society for those who, too often, live on its edges. Our mission is to use the power we possess and the good that government can do to carry the fight against ignorance, disease, poverty, and intolerance."

- Cecil D. Andrus


On May 9, the City of Boise honored Cecil D. Andrus by renaming Capitol Park after the former four-term Idaho governor and Carter Administration interior secretary. Andrus died last August just one day before his 86th birthday.

A spring rainstorm rolled through downtown earlier in the day, but sunshine broke through just in time for the dedication and celebration. Mayor Bieter, Parks and Recreation Director, Doug Holloway, and Tracy Andrus all gave remarks and told personal stories about Andrus. More than 300 people stopped by for the dedication and in the crowd, you could hear people sharing their own stories about Governor Andrus; whether it was a chance meeting or working alongside him in the statehouse, it was clear that Andrus left a lasting impression to everyone he crossed paths with.

Unveiling bust of Cecil D Andrus with Mayor Bieter and Andrus Family

Sculptor Benjamin Victor, Mayor David Bieter, Tracy Andrus, Carol Andrus and Casey Church

“Governor Andrus is an Idaho giant,” Mayor Bieter said. “His mark upon this state is indelible and the respect he earned as a leader is represented by the crowd here today. The naming of this park in his honor, the plaza and the bust are small gestures of thanks from the residents of Boise and will remind generations of Idahoans of his life-long service on their behalf.”

Andrus was a champion for environmental conservation during his time as Idaho's longest-serving governor and interior secretary for the Carter Administration. He worked tirelessly to ensure the state always had public lands for generations of Idahoans to enjoy. The park's plaza was created to highlight those accomplishments and serve as an enduring remembrance to his years in office.

Tracy Andrus, Gov. Andrus’ daughter spoke on behalf of the four generations of Andrus family members present at the ceremony. “We want to express our deepest gratitude for honor you have bestowed on our father, grandfather, great-grandfather and husband,” Andrus said. “This park is the best legacy for dad and his work on behalf of the state he loved.” Mayor Bieter helped members from the Andrus family unveil the bust of Governor Andrus, created by Benjamin Victor, a Boise-based internationally recognized sculptor and the only living artist to have two works in National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol. Victor spent 3 months creating the bust from photographs and guidance from the family, working hard to capture Andrus' legendary smirk.

The Cecil D. Andrus Ambassadors Honor Choir, made up of 100 fourth and fifth graders from Cecil D. Andrus Elementary school in Boise, sang two songs at the ceremony to honor their school’s namesake: “Here We Have Idaho” and “Sisi ni Moja (We are One).” The afternoon was a perfect day for the dedication with generations of Idahoans, all coming together to celebrate the impact of this "Idaho giant" and to see his legacy continue through Cecil D Andrus Elementary students, his family, and those who knew him.


Published: May 10, 2018