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AIDS quilt travels through region

AIDS Services for the Monadnock region will bring a portion of the AIDS Memorial Quilt to the region again this year for World AIDS Day activities between Nov. 15 and Dec. 31.

More than 50,000 individual 3-foot by 6-foot memorial panels — each one commemorating the lives of people who have died of AIDS — have been sewn together by friends, lovers and family members.

The quilt weighs 56 tons, is the equivalent of 30 football fields when displayed with walkways, measures 56 miles long if all panels were laid end to end, and includes over 94,000 names.

Confirmed dates thus far include the following locations Charlestown Middle School on Nov. 26, Keene Unitarian Universalist Church on Dec. 1, United Church of Christ in Keene on Dec. 1, Franklin Pierce University’s Pierce Hall in Rindge, Dec. 3 to 5, and ConVal High School in Peterborough on Dec. 9.

The iconic AIDS Memorial Quilt signifies loss and love like no other memorial, especially now that the world has reached the 33-year landmark of the AIDS pandemic. The quilt can be searched for individual names or section numbers by visiting The NAMES Project online.

Contact AIDS Services if your school, church, civic group or business would like to reserve the quilt; email susan.macneil@asmronline.org or call 357-6855.

AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region, founded in 1989, celebrates 25 years and is a nonprofit organization committed to serving people living with HIV/AIDS in southwestern New Hampshire.

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