On Monday, APHA representatives ventured to see the AIDS Memorial Quilt on the National Mall, at the AIDS conference in the Washington Convention Center, and at the National Building Museum. More than 48,000 panels honor the 90,000 people that died from HIV, and are showcased at dozens of locations around the city. People can observe the tributes and listen to the names read aloud. One woman said that although the quilt is meant to pay homage to the victims, it also serves to call people to action in the fight against HIV/AIDS. These photos show just a few parts of the quilt.

This panel of the AIDS Memorial Quilt hangs on the wall in the Washington Convention Center at the 2012 International AIDS Conference. (Photo by Nicole Softness)

The 48,000 panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt cover areas throughout Washington, D.C. These panels lie on the National Mall as onlookers view the panels created by family and friends of those touched by HIV/AIDS. (Photo by Nicole Softness)

This name represents one of the many loved ones honored with a panel of the quilt in the National Building Museum. Volunteers throughout the city took turns reading the thousands of names aloud. APHA’s executive director Georges Benjamin read names on Saturday in honor of the memorial. (Photo by Nicole Softness)