World AIDS Day commemorations planned

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WALLA WALLA -- Tuesday is World AIDS Day, a day of remembrance for those who have lost their lives to the virus, and a day of hope in the search for a cure.

To mark World AIDS Day here, Blue Mountain Heart to Heart has organized an evening of activities beginning at 7 p.m.

In a joint statement about the event, the clients, staff and the board of Blue Mountain Heart to Heart said, "We need to let the community hear us ... when we say that the AIDS crisis is not over. We must teach from our experience in order to prevent new tragedies. World AIDS Day is a time remember, yes, but it is also about tomorrow."

Tuesday's evening of remembrance will begin with a gathering at First and Main Streets at 7 p.m. From there, a candlelight march will begin at 7:30, ending at the corner of Palouse and Alder streets, in the First Congregational Church's Fellowship Hall. There will be a non-denominational service led by Adam Kirtley, with a musical performance by Whitman College's Sirens of Swank.

At the service, you will have the chance to contribute to a voluntary offering to benefit the clients of Blue Mountain Heart to Heart.

The organization will also accept donations of food or winter clothing.

After the service, guests are invited to participate in the design of a new panel of the National AIDS Quilt.

The 1,293,300 square-foot (and counting) quilt commemorates those who have lost their lives to AIDS, and raises money for to cover services for those living with the disease.

Since its founding in 1987, the Quilt project has raised more than $4 million.

The event is free and open to the public.

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