On December 1, World AIDS Day, members of New York City Gay Men's Chorus sang in a moving ceremony to officially dedicate the NYC AIDS Memorial. Joined by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the many of the city's grassroots leaders, the ceremony paid tribute to the many whose lives were ended by AIDS, as well as the survivors, healthcare workers, advocates, and care givers.
NYCGMC member Bruce Ward reflected,
The Memorial is fittingly located at the site of the demolished St. Vincent's hospital in the West Village, where so many young men spent their final years in the 1980s and early 1990s. From 2004 - 2008, I also spent many days in St. Vincent's, dealing with 2 lymphomas and a heart attack. I would look down onto 7th Avenue, watching patrons go in and out of Two Boots Pizza and Fantasy World. The doctors and nurses at St. Vincent's were among the most compassionate and caring people I have ever known.