The AIDS Memorial Quilt was created in 1987 and now holds more than 94,000 names among more than 47,000 panels. Last week, a portion of the quilt was on display in the White House, marking the return of the International AIDS conference to the U.S.
Here is a photo of President Obama standing before the quilt.
Via the White House:
The quilt was first displayed on the National mall in 1987. During the conference, panels of the quilt will be shown on the mall and in over 50 locations throughout the District of Columbia metropolitan area, including the White House.
Earlier this week a section of the Quilt was put on display in the East Wing, so that the hundreds of visitors that go through the halls of the building each day can stop and remember the human toll that this disease has taken, and how far we’ve come as a country in the fight against HIV/AIDS. While much work remains to be done, we all look forward to the day when there are no more panels to add to the quilt. Thanks to our collective efforts, that day is closer than ever.
As President Obama said on World AIDS Day, together we can and we will win this fight.
Image: President Barack Obama views a section of the AIDS quilt on display in the Booksellers area of the White House, July 18, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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