The Bristol Mayor’s Task Force on HIV/AIDS would like to thank everyone who helped in any way with the Annual Candlelight Vigil held on October 2, 2019. 

Saint Joseph’s Church was a wonderful alternative to Federal Hill Green when we needed an indoor location because of the EEE virus scare and mosquitoes. Because we were able to move the event indoors, the Bristol Eastern Madrigal singers were able to perform as they have for many years and they did so admirably.

Although, Valerie Ingram, our chair, thanked those who attended, we would like to publicly thank all of the community members who turned out to remember and to hope for a better future for those affected and infected by this virus. Our speaker, Doug Jensen, is affiliated with the Task Force but for the first time, told his story of the passing of his partner from Bristol due to the AIDS virus.

Sister Dolores Beshara, who was an early member of the Task Force in its first decade, returned to offer the invocation and benediction. We also thank the Salvation Army who provided attendees with water after the service. 

As the HIV/AIDS epidemic changes over time, it is wonderful to know how many people still care and will remain involved with the prevention of future infections and the care for those infected and affected. The Task Force will hold a World AIDS Day event on December 2 at the Public Library. 

Photo Credit Mayor’s Office Bristol CT

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