NY landmarks to be lit red Wednesday to commemorate World AIDS Day

Mario M. Cuomo Bridge
The Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge is lit red in recognition of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, 2020. Photo credit Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
By , WCBS 880 Newsroom

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Several landmarks across New York State will be lit red Wednesday evening in honor of World AIDS Day.

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One World Trade Center, the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, the Kosciuszko Bridge, the H. Carl McCall SUNY Building, State Education Building, Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, State Fairgrounds, Niagara Falls, the "Franklin D. Roosevelt" Mid-Hudson Bridge, Grand Central Terminal, Albany International Airport Gateway, the Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex and part of Penn Station will all be lit in commemoration.

“World AIDS Day is a very solemn time for us to remember those we have lost to the HIV epidemic, as we raise awareness of this tireless battle that continues to this day,” said Gov. Kathy Hochul.

The landmarks will be lit as the world approaches 40 years since the first AIDS cases were reported.

“Even now, despite the progress we've made, people living with HIV continue to feel the pain of the stigma attached to this virus, and by lighting New York's landmarks we can take a moment to honor the 700,000 American lives that we have lost due to AIDS-related illnesses and recommit ourselves to ending the AIDS epidemic once and for all,” Hochul said.

The theme for World AIDS Day 2021 is "Ending the HIV Epidemic: Equitable Access, Everyone's Voice," and aims to highlight the health inequalities for nations and people affected by HIV.

According to Gov. Hochul’s office, over 36 million people around the globe have lost their lives due to AIDS-related illnesses.

While anyone can be affected by the disease, Hochul’s office noted there continues to be a stigma against many affected populations, including many in the LGBTQ community, those suffering from drug addictions and other marginalized groups.

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Featured Image Photo Credit: Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo