WEST WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Family, friends and survivors gathered Sunday to pay tribute to the 100 people who died in the Station nightclub fire.
The 20th anniversary of the tragedy was back in February, but it was decided to wait until spring to hold the outdoor memorial service. The date does hold significance, however, with May 21 being six years since the Station Fire Memorial Park opened at the site where the club once stood.
Gina Russo, president of the Station Fire Memorial Foundation, gave remarks, along with Father Robert Marciano, former Gov. Don Carcieri, Gov. Dan McKee, Congressman Seth Magaziner, and Lt. Gen. Reginald Centracchio (ret.) who was the head of RIEMA at the time of the fire.
During the ceremony, they unveiled a new memorial plaque honoring the victims.
Watch the full ceremony below.
A planned Ride to Remember motorcycle run was canceled on Saturday due to the rain, but organizers still held an indoor event featuring live music at Club Frontenac on Main Street.
Russo told 12 News the foundation has evolved into a support system.
“We really weren’t friends before. We didn’t know each other, and now we’re just here for each other all the time,” she said.