New York City Dedicates AIDS Memorial

After 14 years of effort, the New York City AIDS Monument was dedicated yesterday in Hudson River Park. From 1985 to 2002, over 81,000 AIDS deaths were reported in New York City and the monument, a 42-foot long, 2-foot tall, 12-inch deep curved granite bench, is meant to be a place to quietly reflect the lives lost . An inscription on the side facing the river says, “I can sail without wind, I can row without oars, but I cannot part from my friend without tears.”