aids.jpgHundreds of people are expected to gather in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park at the National AIDS Memorial Grove as it is illuminated today to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Ryan White CARE Act.

The act generates more than $2 billion annually in funding for AIDS care in the U.S. The program provides health care to about 500,000 low-income, uninsured people.

Today’s celebration, which falls on the eve of World AIDS Day, is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Middle Drive East and Bowling Green Drive. It will be the first time in its 19-year history that the grove is illuminated.

The National AIDS Memorial Grove will host its 17th annual World AIDS Day observation Wednesday at noon in the meadow. The event is free to the public.

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