The Aids Quilt

The Aids Quilt displays names of the many people who lost their lives to HIV/AIDS. It is meant to document the lives that many people feared would just be forgotten about. The main goal was to create a memorial for those lives that were lost. The Quilt was such a great unique and interesting way to create a memory. It is so unlike any other memorial due to the fact that it is like a moving and growing memorial. It continues to grow and grow and grow. It is honestly nothing I have seen before. I had never heard of such a thing. When I think of memorial I usually would think of a museum or statue or something of that nature. This idea of a quilt seemed preposterous to me at first, but as I read about it and watched videos, I began to understand and see how special this was. It is honestly such a beautiful idea with a beautiful purpose behind it. The different patches with the different images and the story behind each patch continues to draw me in. Hearing the stories from people who have lost friends and family really gave me a feeling of somber for them. That is no average quilt. It is full of emotion and art.

50 years in photos blog

The article “50 years in photos”was extremely interesting! I am a fan of history. I love artifacts and looking at old pictures. The picture of the South Vietnamese General, chief of the national police, firing his pistol, and executing suspected Viet Cong officer Nguyen Van Lem on February 1, 1968, early in the Tet Offensive really pulled on my heart strings. There were so many emotions brought up from looking at that particular picture. Not only was the article full of sadness, there were some highly weird and interesting pictures as well. For example, the picture of the man in the leopard outfit was very strange yet very interesting at the same time, in my opinion. I find that the fashion in 1968 was very .. what is the word.. different than how things are now. As I continued to scroll through the images I came across a picture of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and as I read the caption it said it was one of the last pictures of him. That made the picture more interesting. I recently went to visit MLK’s museums and church and that made me very emotional. It was so beautiful and a great honor to be able to visit where he once was or see the house where he lived. I also ran across a picture of his widow, Loretta Scott King, and it was her leading 10,000 people in a memorial march for her slain husband Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  I love seeing people come together and become one with one purpose in mind.