Turning 25, AIDS Quilt Will Be Displayed Around DC

54-ton quilt project will need volunteers this summer.

By Natalie Lopez
|  Monday, May 21, 2012  |  Updated 2:15 PM EDT
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Turning 25, AIDS Quilt Will Be Displayed Around DC

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The NAMES Project is looking for people to help out this summer in preparation of the AIDS Memorial Quilt’s 25th birthday.

The quilt was started in 1987 in San Francisco. It now weights 54 tons -- yes, you read that right -- and consists of more than 47,000 panels to represent the lives of 94,000 people who died of AIDS.

Organizers are looking for volunteers to work at scheduled events, handing out information and assisting in display setup, among other jobs.

The flag will be on display in more than 50 locations in the D.C. area, including the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, June 27 through July 1 and then again July 4-8.

You can also catch a glimpse at it during Quilt in the Capital from July 21-25, when the quilt will be set up at more than 40 locations around the city.

If your interested in volunteering, just head to the Quilt 2012 website, where you can sign up and specify which kind of role you're looking to fill. A volunteer coordinator will then get back to you.

“It’s time to re-double our efforts -- join us as volunteers and sponsors and, together, let us call on The Quilt to do what it does best: affirm our humanity, make clear our connections to and responsibility for one another, and garner a new era of support and advocacy for the AIDS cause,” said Julie Rhoad, president and CEO of The NAMES Project Foundation.

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