Please join us on Thursday, December 1st at 11:00am for the public dedication of the New York City AIDS Memorial and the City-wide World AIDS Day ceremony.
The public dedication marks the culmination of over five years of planning and development to build the memorial, which involved significant private and public support. The Memorial project was launched in 2011 to recognize and preserve the history of the AIDS crisis through the creation of a memorial to honor New York City’s 100,000+ men, women and children who have died from AIDS, and to commemorate and celebrate the efforts of the caregivers and activists who responded heroically to the crisis.
The public dedication and City-wide World AIDS Day ceremony will be hosted by the New York City AIDS Memorial Board of Directors, the End AIDS NY 2020 Coalition, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the New York State Department of Health.
The Memorial is located in a new park, officially named the New York City AIDS Memorial Park at St. Vincent’s Triangle, and is the first significant public space dedicated to the AIDS epidemic in New York City.
- Tony Award-winning performer Billy Porter will emcee.
- Paul Kelterborn and Christopher Tepper, Co-Founders, will join Keith Fox, Board Chair, to formally dedicate the memorial.
- Poet Kamilah Aisha Moon will read from Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself.
- Elected officials will join in lighting of candles.
- The Gay Men’s Chorus will perform.
While the show will go on, rain or shine, a viewing room is available at the LGBT Community Center (208 West 13th Street) with a Live Feed of the event beginning at 11am.
We hope you will join us!
Please Note: A pre-event reading of names will begin at 10:30am.