World AIDS Day vigil in Laguna Beach pays tribute to those who died – Orange County Register

LAGUNA BEACH  For Daniel Garza, the candlelight vigil at Main Beach in commemoration of World AIDS Day was personal.

The 16-year AIDS survivor remembered many dozens who lost the fight over the years, including three who died this year as a result of the deadly virus that attacks the body’s immune system.

“A day like this is an opportunity to remember their lives and their fight,” said Garza, 46, of Laguna Beach.

On Friday, Dec.1, Garza was among dozens who stood on the cobblestones at Main Beach at sunset. Participants held lights as the names of at least 280 men, women and children who have died from AIDS in Laguna Beach were read. Each name was punctuated with the ring of a bell.

World Aids Day was started in 1988 and is held each Dec. 1. There were 36.7 million people worldwide…

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