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Locals to commemorate World AIDS Day

Locals to commemorate World AIDS Day

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Today South Mississippians will join forces to honor the dead, and celebrate survivors of the AIDS virus. an AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display at St. Peter's by-the-Sea in Gulfport through Wednesday.

The 54 ton handmade tapestry stands as a memorial to more than 90,000 individuals lost to AIDS.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt has evolved as a tool in the effort to educate against the lethal threat of AIDS. Through statistics, The AIDS Memorial Quilt teaches compassion; and inspires individuals to take direct responsibility for their own well-being and that of their family, friends and community.

Along with the display, there will be a Service of Healing and Remembrance at 5:30 tonight. Rapid HIV testing will be available locally through South Mississippi AIDS Task Force.

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