The Circle of Friends at the National AIDS Memorial Grove was created to honor and remember our loved ones lost to AIDS as well as to be imprinted in solidarity to tell the world that this global tragedy must never be forgotten.
The first names were inscribed in 1996; now, there are more than 2,200 names engraved in the Circle of Friends. While this is just a fraction of the number of people who have been affected by the pandemic, we envision a day when we will have the capacity to display all the names, and the stories behind each name, with dignity, grace and gratitude.
As we approach the beginning of our 25th year this fall, we can see there is space for approximately 100 more names to be added to the existing Circle of Friends. If you would like to add your name or that of a loved one before we reach capacity, please visit the Circle of Friends page on our website.
Donations of $1,000 or more before September 30th will entitle you to inscribe one name in the Circle of Friends. Names are engraved annually before our World AIDS Day commemoration on December 1st. All contributions help maintain the Grove’s health and beauty in perpetuity.