Lights illuminate Utah capital for World AIDS Day
Published: December 1, 2012 11:01PM
Updated: December 2, 2012 04:24PM
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Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Michael Lucarelli plays guitar in celebration of World AIDS Day at the City-County BuildingSaturday, December 1, 2012.The culmination of the event is a red lighting of the City & County Building and a bell-ringing tribute to those who have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS and those who continue to be affected by the disease.

World AIDS Day was marked in Salt Lake City with lights and music during a ceremony on the west side of the Salt Lake City & County Building, 451 S. State St.

“We are proud to be part of a worldwide effort to increase awareness, provide education and demonstrate compassion for those affected by HIV/AIDS,” said a statement from Mayor Becker. “As a community, we have a responsibility to work toward breaking misconceptions about this disease. That effort begins with knowledge and understanding.”

The event included remarks by community activist Robert “Archie” Archuleta; musical selections from the Rowland Hall Choir; a performance by classical guitarist Michael Lucarelli; and a special lighting of hundreds of luminaries.

In Utah, more than 2,600 people are reported to be living with HIV.