COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Folks around Columbus came together to celebrate and remember friends and family lost to HIV and AIDS.
It was part of the 35th annual International AIDS Candlelight Memorial.
Organizers say when the memorial was first held in 1983, no one could have predicted the scale and impact of the global HIV epidemic that is now well into its third decade.
"What we do today is we honor the people that paved the way for the path that we are on today and that's what we do every year. This is our 35th year," says Jeremy Hobbs, Executive Director of Colgay Pride.
This year's theme was reflecting on our past, preparing us for our future.