National AIDS Memorial Observes 25th Anniversary With World AIDS Day Events That Inspire Remembrance, Healing And Unrelenting Hope For The Future
- A quarter century ago, a small group of San Francisco residents representing a community devastated by the AIDS epidemic helped create a place to heal, a living memorial; five years later "the Grove" was designated the nation's memorial for HIV/AIDS
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As people from around the world came together to commemorate World AIDS Day, the National AIDS Memorial brought together more than 1,300 friends, loved ones and supporters for two-days of events to pay tribute to the lives lost, inspire remembrance, healing and convey an important message of hope for the future.
The events marked 25 years ago since a small group of San Francisco residents representing a community devastated by the AIDS epidemic gathered in a dilapidated grove in Golden Gate Park to restore it and create a serene place where people seeking healing could gather to express their collective grief through a living memorial, an AIDS memorial. Those efforts helped build a movement, where five years later legislation spearheaded by U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi and signed into law by President Bill Clinton that designated "the Grove" as the national memorial for HIV/AIDS. Today, nearly 25,000 volunteers ranging from the very young to the elderly have donated more than 150,000 hours to help maintain the Grove, clearing overgrowth, reintroducing native species and planting new trees, plants and shrubs to ensure this treasured memorial continues to provide, in perpetuity, a place of remembrance so that the lives of people who died from AIDS are not forgotten and the story is known by future generations.