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Candlelight Memorial Service is May 18

The 2003 International AIDS Candlelight Memorial will take place this Sunday, May 18, from 8-9pm, at Republic Square Park. This is Austin's fourth year to participate in this Global Health Council event, which will be observed in more than 1,500 communities in 85 countries.

Mayor Gus Garcia will light the first candle and read a proclamation from the city of Austin. The service will host speakers, prayer, music, poems, songs, and candles shared among both new and old friends.

The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is intended to honor the memory of those lost to AIDS, show support for those living with HIV/AIDS, raise awareness, and mobilize community involvement in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The Global Health Council has selected as this year's theme "Remembering the Cause, Renewing Our Commitment." The gathering will allow people to share how HIV/AIDS has affected their lives, as well as discuss how the community can play a role in prevention, care, treatment and education.

Local sponsors include a variety of health care and HIV service organizations, faith groups, and GLBT community organizations and bars.

Come join the observance! Bring your friends and candles. Republic Square Park is located at Fifth and Colorado streets. For more information on the international observance, please visit: www.candlelightmemorial.org For more about the Austin service, contact coordinator Eric Crabtree at 707-2384 or e-mail ozparade@aol.com.

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