A monument honoring San Francisco lawmaker Nancy Pelosi's dedication to fighting HIV is now a permanent part of the National Aids Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park.
More than one hundred volunteers, family and friends joined the Congresswoman at the dedication ceremony Saturday, which was preceded by The National AIDS Memorial Grove's monthly community volunteer workday.
"We are honored to dedicate this walkway in honor of our Congresswoman, Nancy Pelosi for her years of friendship, unwavering passion and leadership in shining a light on one of the world's most devastating epidemics, HIV and AIDS," said John Cunningham, executive director of the National AIDS Memorial Grove. "She has always been there, standing in our corner, leading the way. Today, we honor her with this walkway in hopes that it will serve as a reminder of not only her courage, but inspire future generations to follow their own dreams, causes and passions."
Pelosi said her dream is that one day AIDS will no longer exist.
"I am touched and humbled by this honor," said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. "We all need a place to go where we can remember those loved ones we have lost to AIDS/HIV and where we can find the strength to pick up the pieces and continue to persevere. That is why I continue to come back to The Grove because it reminds me of loved ones lost, but more importantly it strengthens my commitment to do whatever it takes to find a cure and stop this senseless loss of life."
Her name is now permanently inscribed in stone on the Pelosi Leadership Walkway.