Saturday, December 01, 2012

World AIDS Day

Imagine how different things might be today and how many loved ones we might not have lost if President Ronald Reagan had acknowledged the AIDS crisis back in 1981. How fortunate we are to now have a president who recognizes all Americans as equal:
Today, we reflect on the strides we have taken toward overcoming HIV/AIDS, honor those who have made our progress possible, and keep in our thoughts all those who have known the devastating consequences of this illness. The road toward an AIDS-free generation is long -- but as we mark this important observance, let us also remember that if we move forward every day with the same passion, persistence, and drive that has brought us this far, we can reach our goal. We can beat this disease. On World AIDS Day, in memory of those no longer with us and in solidarity with all who carry on the fight, let us pledge to make that vision a reality. 
Now, therefore, I, Barack Obama, president of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States do hereby proclaim December 1, 2012, as World AIDS Day. I urge the governors of the States and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials of the other territories subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and the American people to join me in appropriate activities to remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS and to provide support and comfort to those living with this disease.

1 comment:

Yank said...

As an American living in the UK, who lived through the bad old days at home, I can testify to the power of a national health service in stopping an epidemic like this from becoming catastrophic, as it did in America. We would do well in the UK to remember that a conservative government here took this seriously in the early days, and supported adverts cautioning about the virus and promoting safer sex and needle exchange. My friends here have no idea how bad it was in the NY, NJ area, or in my beloved San Francisco.
All of the loss. What a sad waste of incredible people.