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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Washington National Cathedral is displaying sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt along with many other sites in the nation’s capital, and the cathedral plans to host an interfaith memorial service this weekend.

The cathedral says a memorial service on Saturday evening will honor those living with HIV and AIDS. It will feature Dr. James Curran, who was a researcher at the Centers for Disease Control when the disease emerged in the early 1980s.

During the memorial service, a rarely shown panel of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed. It’s called “The Last One” and became part of the project in 1987 as a reminder of the ongoing effort to battle HIV/AIDS.

Other quilt panels are on view at the cathedral beginning Tuesday and continuing through July 26.

The quilt is now an enormous 1.3 million square feet, stretching a span of 50 miles, and weighing 54 tons, making it impossible to display in a single location at once.

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