California: A Place to Reflect on AIDS Victims
April 10, 2003
About 150 people gathered Sunday in Laguna Beach, Calif., as city officials dedicated a modest park bench to those with HIV/AIDS. Members of the city's HIV Advisory Committee said the standard-issue bench is Orange County's first permanent memorial to those with AIDS. The committee paid $250 for a plaque, reading: "In memory of those who lost their lives and those who may lose their lives to AIDS." Phillip Aragon came up with the idea for a plaque two years ago while sitting at the bench, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean, reflecting on the poor health of his partner, who would eventually die from melanoma exacerbated by AIDS. "The biggest thing we want to get across is prevention," said an emotional Aragon before Sunday's ceremony. "You don't have to get AIDS. We can stop it."Adapted from:
Orange County Register
04.07.03; Jim Radcliffe
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.