SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A special day for many people across the globe. Tuesday marked World AIDS Day, and it was honored here in Springfield.
Community members gathered to remember the lives lost to HIV/AIDS and to also continue to fight for a cure.
Those both infected and affected by the disease had a chance to speak during an open mic session, sharing stories, poetry and songs.
Kristina Dupuis of East Longmeadow said, “HIV/AIDS is still not gone. It’s still here and we haven’t eliminated the disease. And that’s our hope one day. So today it’s not only a day of remembrance but a day to look to the future and how we can eliminate the spread of disease.”
The evening was followed with a candlelight vigil to remember all of those lost to the deadly disease.