I was walking in downtown Portland by the river and came upon the above dedication. A simple reminder that things were once different.
Further north there was the Japanese American Historical Plaza, with scores of cherry trees, haiku, rock gardens, with the powerful yet understated thought that the wartime incarceration of Americans of Japanese descent should never have happened.
These efforts to acknowledge historic wrongs are important and add to our sense of place in history. They are also a beautiful reminder that our lives, our culture, our destiny are always changing and it’s good to have a few mileposts on the journey.