Over 3,000 AIDS Memorial Quilt quilt panels on display in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — More than 3,000 quilt panels were displayed in Golden Gate Park Saturday, each representing a life lost to the AIDS pandemic.

On the 35th anniversary of the National Aids Memorial Quilts, activists, survivors and allies came forward to remember and honor the lives affected by HIV.

While celebrating the progress made, particularly in the field of preventive medicine, the speakers recalled that the crisis is still not over.

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Founder and activist Cleve Jones started the project in 1987.

Today, the quilt is considered the largest community art project in the world.

“It’s a gift to San Francisco. That’s where we started,” event organizer and seamstress Gert McMullin told ABC7 on Friday.

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Names are sewn of those who died of AIDS. McMullin, however, doesn’t want this quilt to serve as a symbol of grief. She hopes it will remind people to be kind to each other.

“I wish people would take away the compassion,” she said. “I’m really convinced that I just think people should stop judging.”

The memorial will continue until Sunday afternoon.

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