WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) released a video today of remarks he gave at the National AIDS Memorial Quilt, which is on display on the National Mall this week as the International AIDS Conference meets in Washington. In his address, Himes recognized the lives that have been lost to AIDS and spoke about the progress that has been made in recent years toward understanding, treating, and ultimately ending AIDS.

“It is impossible to stand here without being profoundly moved, moved in sadness by the lives cut short by this dreaded disease,” said Himes in his remarks. “It’s hard not to be moved to act to continue our progress so that we may someday end this pandemic.”

Click here to watch a video of his remarks, including both his speech and footage of him and Rep. Maxine Waters (CA-35) reading from the list of names of those who have died from AIDS.