December 4, 2008

National AIDS Quilt Opening Ceremony

Welcome to another day in my life. Yesterday was the opening ceremony of panels from the National AIDS Quilt at City Hall in Jacksonville, Florida.

I know some of you have never seen the Quilt or experienced the ceremony of opening the Quilt. For me, it is a very personal and emotional experience. I have lost many people who were close to me who have quilt panels such as my husband, my godchild and hundreds of friends.

So this year, I decided to tape the ceremony to share with those of you who have not had the opportunity to see the opening ceremony of the quilt. It is also my gift to those of you who have seen it before but may have missed it this year. I hope you enjoy.

After the quilt opening, I went to the Jacksonville Minority AIDS Council meet and greet where my friend, Shannon Nelson, was being sworn in as their secretary. Then we were treated to a wonderful lunch.

We also had our men's support group at Lutheran Social Services last evening. Our group is growing by the month as more people move to the area or search out a HIV support group. It was a very informative meeting since we discussed some changes in funding and programs.

Since I am writing this is the morning, I will be covering our Teddy Bear Touchdown for children with HIV and AIDS in tomorrow's blog.

I hope you are having a safe and great week.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab