Sharon Stone shared some passionate words while speaking at The AIDS Monument groundbreaking in West Hollywood on June 5. 

The “Basic Instinct” star is a passionate advocate for AIDS research who has served as the Global Chair for the American Foundation for AIDS Research(amFAR) for 20 years. 

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“And while we are here in our little neck of the woods creating this memorial,” said the 63-year-old actress.

This is a global moment. While we stood here fighting hand in hand, 44 million people died on our watch.”

June 5 marked 40 years since the first documented cases of HIV/AIDS were reported by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.

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Billy Porter, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Gere and Sterling K. Brown also participated in readings telling the stories of several people who died of AIDS.

The readings were shared on the AIDS Memorial Instagram page.

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The monument will be located next to the West Hollywood Park on San Vicente Boulevard.