A virtual wreath laying ceremony will be held from the Harvey Milk Memorial Bench in Balboa Park. Volunteers are needed.
The Equality Business Alliance, the Imperial Court de San Diego, San Diego Remembers, and the San Diego LGBT Visitors Center, will host a virtual event on on Saturday, May 22 to honor the late Harvey Milk on what would be his birthday.
A virtual wreath laying ceremony will be from the Harvey Milk Memorial Bench in Balboa Park and community members are encouraged to tune in.
The wreath ceremony carries on the festive tradition of those who gather each May 22, to celebrate the life and legacy of Harvey Milk, while also educating park visitors on the impact he made in our world.
The ceremony includes a short program that will be livestreamed, and will be followed immediately by volunteers who will educate and answer park visitor questions throughout the day. Volunteers are needed from 10am-5pm.
The Harvey Milk Bench in Balboa Park is believed to the 2nd oldest public memorial to Harvey Milk. It was installed in Balboa Park in November of 1988, 10years after the assassination of Harvey Milk and Mayor Moscone. It was dedicated by the San Diego Harvey Milk Democratic Club.
Harvey Milk, was a visionary civil and human rights leader who became one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. Milk’s unprecedented loud and unapologetic proclamation of his authenticity as an openly gay candidate for public office, and his subsequent election gave never before experienced hope to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) people everywhere at a time when the community was encountering widespread hostility and discrimination. His remarkable career was tragically cut short when he was assassinated nearly a year after taking office.