AIDS commemoration scheduled for Dec. 1

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Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day, an opportunity to unite in the fight against the disease and show support for people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as to remember those who have died of the disease. World AIDS Day was the first-ever global health day, begun in 1988.

The World AIDS Campaign has made its theme for 2011-2015 "Getting to Zero." Backed by the United Nations, the "Getting to Zero" campaign focuses on the goals of zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.

A "Time of Remembrance," sponsored by Metropolitan Community Church of the Gentle Shepherd and Vancouver Heights United Methodist Church, is set for 5 p.m. Sunday at the Vancouver Heights church, 5701 Mac-Arthur Blvd.

The service will consist of songs and words of remembrance and hope. All are welcome. The event is free.