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Pride Memorial Gathering
June Sun, 2017 2:00-3:00
The annual Pride Memorial will be Sunday June 18th. We are finalizing details now, traditionally we gather around 2pm for a reading of names and remembering. This year is our 44 Annual memorial and the original march on Anchorage City Hall. On June 24, 1973, a flash fire tore through the Upstairs Lounge in New Orleans’ French Quarter. In less than 20 minutes, 32 people were killed, dozens more critically injured and the ones who managed to escape watched helplessly as friends and lovers burned to death before their eyes. At the time, it was the largest killing of gay people in U.S. history. Immediately following an impromptu remembrance ceremony, 40 Alaskans took to the streets of Anchorage and marched in solidarity to City Hall. Today we continue the Gay Freedom Days tradition and honor those who were lost on June 24th. We will also read the names of the original 29 Alaskans who died of the plague and those who were included in the original AIDS quilt.
2:00ish at the GLBTQA cemetery. Enter on 8th and Fairbanks to Northeast corner of the Anchorage Ceremony
Please let us know if you would like to be an official part of this ceremony. We are in need of SIX volunteers.