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Toronto AIDS Memorial
 

(June 22, Toronto)  Hundreds of people crowded into Cawthra Park in Toronto's Gay Village tonight to remember partners, friends, sons and daughters, parents, and aquaintances who have died of AIDS.

On location
With 365gay.com
The annual candlelight vigil is part of the city's Gay and Lesbian Pride observances.

As names of loved ones who had died in the past year were added to the AIDS Monument in the park, tears flowed openly throughout the crowd.

This year, fewer names than ever before were added to the monoment, set in a crescent and surrounded by a rose garden.  The smaller number is an indication gays and lesbians are practicing safer sex, organizers said.  Nevertheless, they stressed, the number of AIDS cases among drug users and women is increasing.

Many of those who came tonight were here not only to honor those who died in the past year, but those who have died throughout the AIDS generation .

As candles flickered in the humid Toronto night, people held hands in silent memory.