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December 1st is rapidly approaching and arrangements for displaying five 12 x 12 panels are being finalized. Each panel contains eight quilts made in memory of loved ones lost to AIDS and is a tribute to the impact each individual had on those around them.
The five panels will contain forty names, many from New Mexico, some we know and some we know in spirit. The quilt will be displayed on the campus of Western New Mexico University.
Members of our community, both LGBT and at large, will have an opportunity to make a quilt that will be added to the larger quilt. These will be submitted when the panels are returned. Information about making a quilt is available from the Rainbow Village or go on line to www.aidsquilt.org and click on “making a quilt.” It is not a requirement that the quilt made be someone you know, but can be made in honor of someone. Also the ability to sew is not a requirement.
On the evening of December 1st, a candlelight vigil and memorial ceremony will be held in the Alumni Garden of Western New Mexico University. This will provide us and others an opportunity to relate experiences, both good and bad, tell about those lost and those fighting. A chance to shed tears, to laugh and support those dealing with AIDS/HIV directly or indirectly. A chance to tell about friends, lovers, brothers and sisters and anyone that has been in our lives. The time will be announced later and facial tissues will be generously supplied.
There is a cost associated with bringing the quilt to Silver City and donations to defray the cost will be greatly appreciated and acknowledged. You would play a very important part in raising awareness and keeping alive the knowledge that AIDS touches friends.
Fun was had by all who attended. Go “Justina”! Thanks Charlene for your photographic contributions. 😮