WEST WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — More than a decade and a half after the Station Nightclub fire, family and friends of victims say one of the most important things they can do is make sure their loved ones are never forgotten.
Flowers have been dropped off at the Station Nightclub Fire Memorial Park since the anniversary last week, but on Sunday, dozens impacted by the fire came together sitting side by side in the Arctic Playhouse.
“It’s 16 years and we want to make sure that people are still remembering and still gathering to honor our 100,” survivor Gina Russo said.
A hundred people were killed in the fire and hundreds more were hurt. Russo, president of the Station Memorial Foundation, said her boyfriend was one of the 100 victims killed in the fire.
“For me, it’s telling the story so people don’t forget,” Russo said.
No formal memorial was held at the park this year but many came out Sunday to listen to David Kane.
His 18-year-old son died in the fire 16 years ago. He says he finds ways his son is still with their family, a subject he writes about in his book, “41 Signs of Hope.”
“Well today is really a celebration of life,” Kane said.
He said he shares stories with others about how he remembers his son, hoping to encourage others to find their own ways to remember their family and friends many years later.
“It’ll mean something different to everybody, but I hope it’ll always be uplifting and positive,” Kane said. “And it lets everybody’s minds go back to February 20th and remembering that yeah, this did happen and we need to make sure that we have a safer community.”