This year is the 25th anniversary of The AIDS Memorial Quilt. The quilt is on display as part of the American Folk Life Festival on the Mall and throughout Washington DC. The quilt contains nearly 48,000 panels and has been viewed by nearly 18 million people. It is a moving and monumental creative collaboration. The quilt began in June 1987. A small group of strangers gathered in a San Francisco storefront to document the lives they feared history would neglect. The meeting of the devoted friend, family and lovers served as the foundation of the NAMES project AIDS memorial quilt. There will be a total of 38,200 panels on display on the national mall and 50 other locations throughout Washington from July 21st to the 25th. The display on the Mall is between 8th and 14th streets. This is definitely something you should not miss from the sheer impact of the scale to the craftsmanship and indualviuality of each panel.