Nestled in the National AIDS Memorial Grove’s Dogwood Crescent, the Circle of Friends is considered the “Heart of the National AIDS Memorial.” Made of beige Minnesota flagstone, it is engraved with over 3,000 names of individuals touched by AIDS, including those who have died; those who loved them; and donors to the National AIDS Memorial.

By engraving a name, you tell the world that this global tragedy, the countless lives touched by AIDS and their stories will not be forgotten. Moreover, your contribution will help maintain the National AIDS Memorial’s health and beauty in perpetuity.  

HOW To Have a Name Engraved in the Circle of FRIENDS

The engraving order deadline this year is September 30, 2022.
Engravings will take place in advance of World AIDS Day, December 1, 2022. A completed donation of $1,000.00 allows you to engrave one name in the Circle of Friends.


To order an engraving, please follow these steps:

What to expect next:

Notification of your order will be immediately sent to the National AIDS Memorial’s offices, and we will contact you should we have any questions related to your order. Please contact Steve Sagaser at ssagaser@aidsmemorial.org if you need assistance


“Thousands of people have died in San Francisco, millions in the world. The point of the National AIDS Memorial Grove is to remember them, one at a time.”

       – Congresswoman, Nancy Pelosi

Learn about how you can memorialize a loved one


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A member of the National AIDS Memorial team would welcome the opportunity to meet in the Grove to
answer any questions, which allows an interested donor the opportunity to view the various hardscape
features, and available locations for placement. Get in touch