PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A section of the AIDS Memorial Quilt is now on display at the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging.
It was installed there Monday to honor the memory of a former associate, and to raise awareness ahead of World AIDS Day.READ MORE: Seven Years After Her Disappearance, Still No Traces Of What Happened To Amanda DeGuio
Displaying the colorful quilt panel proves an emotional but creative way to remember former PCA employee Alan Yoffee. AIDS Fund assistant director Terry Hawkins says watching his people experiencing the quilt is a beautiful and touching sight to be seen.
“It’s so personal and so intimate,” Hawkins said. “And seeing them see the panel for the first time is so overwhelming.”READ MORE: Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley Resigns Over Mishandling Of Remains Belonging To Victims Of 1985 MOVE Bombing
The quilt will be on display until December 4, serving as a teaching tool,but also a window into the life of the people lost.
“It’s an incredible awareness tool to remind people of the individuals no longer with us,” said Robb Reichard with AIDS Fund, “but who fought a good fight.”MORE NEWS: 2 Young Unresponsive Children Rushed To Hospital After Mother Jumps Out Window, Philadelphia Police Say
Since the quilt was created in 1987, more than 50,000 panels have been sewn by friends, families and loved ones.