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Memorial to victims of tragic 2003 Great White club fire to be dedicated on Sunday


Credit: Christina PimentelA new memorial honoring the 100 people who died in the tragic fire at a 2003 Great White concert at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, will be dedicated this Sunday, the Providence Journal reports.

The ceremony, which is free, will take place at 2 p.m. ET at the new Station Fire Memorial Park, located on the former site of the music venue and tavern.

The memorial, which was built with $2 million worth of donations, features plaques honoring each victim, a timeline of the tragedy, angel statues, music-themed sculptures, a memory wall and more. The band Steve Smith and the Nakeds will perform before the ceremony, which will feature appearances by Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, U.S. Senator Jack Reed, and other officials.

In addition, Gina Russo, a woman who survived the fire and helped lead the campaign to have a memorial built, is expected to read the names of the victims at the event.

People planning to attend the ceremony are being asked to register at EventBrite.com to help local police gauge the turnout for the event.

The fire at The Station took place on February 20, 2003, and was started by sparks from a pyrotechnic display lit by Great White’s manager.  The blaze quickly engulfed the venue before many of the attendees could escape.

Among the 100 victims of the blaze was Great White guitarist Ty Longley. About 230 other people were injured. The Station fire is the fourth-deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history.

You can check out a video shot at the new memorial at YouTube.

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