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    • After a few hours of chopping, hauling, and getting stabbed by various things in nature, we were making good progress.

    • In fact, we made a bit more progress than what they were expected our team to do!

      They asked us to clear out the trees and create a path, but keep most of the brush hidden behind one of the bushes (since we wouldn't be able to reconstitute the area to a pretty clearing in just one day).

      However, with all the human-power, sweat, and friendly convos, we ended up clearing it all. In the end, they were happy with our work, because next time we're going to beautify it.

    • At the end of the day we gathered in the circle for a moment of reflection on what we did as well as for the primary purpose of the Grove: to remember and speak of those who were lost to the epidemic.

      Each group was given the opportunity to speak (if they chose to) and just give a little info on who they were and why they were helping. Then we all stood and had a moment to speak the names of the loved ones into the circle.

      It was a peaceful, friendly, and very spiritual moment.

    • thanks for helping make the world a better place! I would happily help out if it wasn’t a 3000 mile drive :)... whenever I’m in town next I look forward to checking it out!

    • I am slightly ashamed to say I have not visited the AIDS Memorial Grove and it's especially egregous since I am from the generation that was ground zero for HIV infection. I lost a generation of friends from this desease before AZT and the drug protocal that followed. I spent the 80's as an ACT UP supporter, the Quilt tour and supported those infected then fatigue set in the 2000's. I think I need a personal growth moment and see about voluteering to honor the group of friend I have lost.