A candle-lit memorial to remember the lives of those diagnosed with HIV who died returns on Sunday, after a COVID-19 hiatus since 2019.
The Boulder County AIDS Project and the Interfaith AIDS Coalition will host the 39th annual International AIDS Candlelight Memorial. According to a press release from the Boulder County AIDS Project, the program will start at 7:30 p.m., but people are advised to start gathering at 7 p.m. The memorial will be in front of the Boulder County AIDS Project building, 2118 14th St.
The Sunday program will include music and short reflections by members of the local church. During the memorial, the names of the HIV positive people who died will be read aloud. Attendees will also be asked to share the names of loved ones they would like to be remembered.
The memorial will also include a silent walk along Pearl Street Mall. The statement said attendees will carry signs reminding the public that until there is a cure, there is work to be done to improve the lives of people living with HIV, minimize transmission and end HIV-related stigma.
The Boulder County AIDS Project is a nonprofit organization that provides support, advocacy, and education for people living with or affected by HIV. The non-profit organization also serves as an awareness and information center to prevent onward transmission of HIV. To learn more about the nonprofit, people can visit the Boulder County AIDS Project website at www.bcap.org.