Local residents gathered at Saginaw's Andersen Enrichment Center on Monday to spread awareness of HIV / AIDS and honor the memory of those lost due to the disease.
It's the 25th year of the Saginaw ceremony, in conjunction with World AIDS Day which occurs on December 1, Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center and AIDS Care Program coordinator Tom Brubaker said.
He said its a way to remember those who have died, and it's also a way to spread awareness.
"We hope that people - especially someone who has lost a family member (or) loved one to HIV/AIDS - have an opportunity to light a memorial candle in their name and remember," Brubaker said. "But also, we want to continue to raise the awareness."
"People are still dying," he continued. "In fact, we've lost three clients this year."
It's important to get tested, and it's important to get involved with the variety of free local resources available in the community, Brubaker said.
Residents can get tested and learn more about free resources at any of Sacred Heart's three locations in Saginaw, Bay City and Flint.