Station Nightclub Fire remembrance service honors 100 victims

Loved ones gathered to remember the 100 victims who died in the winter of 2003 in the Station Nightclub fire.

Families, friends and New Englanders took a moment to remember the loved ones they lost on February 20, 2013. (Photo: Susan Campbell/WPRI)

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — The 12th annual remembrance service was held on Sunday for the 100 people who lost their lives in the Station Nightclub fire on February 20, 2003 at the Warwick City Hall Council Chambers.

The Master of Ceremonies, Gina Russo, was a survivor of the fire and the president of the Station Fire Memorial Foundation.

Russo also announced the campaign leadership committee.

The names of the 100 who died were read aloud followed by 100 seconds of silence. Songwriter and singer Joe Silva sang “97 Angels,” the tribute he wrote immediately following the fire.

Speakers at the service included Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian and West Warwick Town Manager Fred Presley among others.

An architect’s renderings of the memorial were on display. The service was originally scheduled for February 15 but was postponed because of a snowstorm.

The first phase of construction for a permanent memorial is planned to start late this spring with completion by the summer of 2016.

Organizers still need to raise $500,000.

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