The National AIDS Memorial Grove is near San Francisco, California's Golden State Park. The space is dedicated to millions of United States citizens that have had their lives in some way touched by those with AIDS. It can be indirect or direct contact, but the main point is that the memorial can be a place of hope, to remember, and to heal. AIDS is a continued problem that infects our past and future, robbing some of comfortable futures. The memorial is considered sacred ground for those to hold vigils, confront the pandemic, or share their struggles. It is also possible for visitors to support others in their final hours by visiting the site.
National AIDS Memorial Grove is meant to signify the global tragedy that affects billions of people, to help make sure they will never be forgotten. The grove is a living tribute, with many of the plants and trees planted for the purpose of remembering. As a national treasure it also works as a place to promote learning and understanding of what AIDS is and how it can spread.
This memorial was started in 1988 by a small group of people in San Francisco, who had in some way been touched by AIDS.