World AIDS Day vigil, procession, planned for Morristown, Dec. 1

photos and candles for aids victims
Candles and photos memorialize 42 clients of New Jersey AIDS Services/ Eric Johnson House who have died from AIDS since 1994. Photo in 2011 by Kevin Coughlin
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From New Jersey AIDS Services:

December 1st – A night to unite and fight!

Since its inception in 1988, World AIDS Day is observed globally on December 1st each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with the disease, and to remember those who have died.

Despite progress, HIV/AIDS remains among the most frightening, yet preventable, diseases. Worldwide, 35 million people have died as a direct result of the HIV virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

New Jersey AIDS Services, a non-profit organization in Morristown, will host an awareness raising event on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at the Church of the Redeemer.

Activities will begin at 5:30pm with opening remarks from community leaders, followed by an experiential panel discussion.

At 6:45 pm, a remembrance ribbons ceremony will take place in which participants proceed in a candlelight vigil to the Morristown Green. The evening will conclude with a holiday choir performance. Refreshments will be served immediately following and participants are encouraged to wear red.

“World AIDS Day provides the community an opportunity to show support for people living with HIV and to commemorate those who have lost their lives to this devastating disease” said Laurie Litt, CEO.

Joann McEniry adds that “people living with HIV still face a great deal of discrimination, by participating in our World AIDS Day event you are taking a step toward making our community a stigma-free one.”

All activities will be held on the grounds of the Church of the Redeemer at 36 South St. Morristown, NJ 07960. For more information on how you can get involved, please visit www.NJAS-Inc.org or contact Joann McEniry, chief operating officer, at 973- 285-0006.

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