COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Hundreds of cities across the nation took a moment to remember HIV and AIDS victims.
Sunday marked the 31st anniversary of the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial.
The Chattahoochee Better Way Foundation celebrated its sixth AIDS Candlelight Memorial on Sunday. Names and pictures of those who lost their lives to the disease were displayed at the event held at the Columbus Government Center.
Jeremy Hobbs, the founder of the organization, says the event also focuses on encouraging HIV survivors in the Chattahoochee Valley as well.
"We have to lift up the ones we lost…25 million…that's a huge number of people that have passed away that have been forgotten. There's over 50, 000 people living in Georgia with HIV, roughly about 1,600 in the Chattahoochee Valley. Not only do we remember those who we have lost, but we lift those who are still living. It's always about awareness, it's always about ending stigma," he says.
Hobbs says Columbus is one of the 1,200 cities across the world that celebrated the 31st anniversary of the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial.