I attended the 6.75 kilometer 29th annual AIDS Walk in Vancouver BC Canada on Sunday September 21st. Walkers and volunteers gathered on the lawn facing English Bay at 10 a.m. It was a beautiful sunny and clear autumn morning. The walk began shortly entertainment at about 11:30 a.m. The crowd of young and old sauntered along the bay’s seawall, into Stanley Park and then encircled the Lost Lagoon before returning by 1 p.m. back at Sunset Beach. Along the walk, volunteers supplied walkers with water and encouragement, the Rainbow Concert Band played and The Vancouver Men’s Chorus sang as we passed by the AIDS Memorial wall.
For more information about the Vancouver British Columbia’s AIDS Memorial,
Please see http://www.aidsmemorial.info/memorial/id=24/vancouver_aids_memorial.html
A beautiful quote of George Santayana is engraved on the wall; it reads:
“With you a part of me hath passed away;
For in the peopled forest of my mind
A tree made leafless by this wintry wind
Shall never don again its green array.
Chapel and fireside, country road and bay,
Have something of their friendliness resigned;
Another, if I would, I could not find,
And I am grown much older in a day.
But yet I treasure in my memory
Your gift of charity, your mellow ease,
And the dear honour of your amity;
For these once mine, my life is rich with these.
And I scarce know which part may greater be,–
What I keep of you, or you rob of me.”
Please see http://www.aidswalkvancouver.ca
Vancouver Men’s Chorus next to the AIDS Memorial Wall during AIDS Walk 2014
Vancouver’s Rainbow Concert Band plays for walkers along the route.