St. Kevin Church in Warwick, Rhode Island held a remembrance mass for the 20th anniversary of the Station Nightclub fire in West Warwick.
"May they rest safe in His peace, and may you and I keep our promise to them, to never forget, to never forget until we see them again," Rev. Robert Marciano told the congregation.
The Feb. 20, 2003, fire started when pyrotechnics lit during a concert ignited foam used as soundproofing. The fire left 100 people dead and injured 200 more.
The mass began at 10 a.m., with community members gathered to remember their loved ones lost in the fire.
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"My fiancé and I were there that night," said survivor Gina Russo. "He didn't make it, I did. So I have to honor them," Russo said.
Russo said that she felt her death was certain the night of the fire.
"I remember thinking how would I ever live through this? How, how am I going to live?" survivor Gina Russo told NBC 10 WJAR.
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"I try to remember the good things," said Jody King, who lost his brother, Tracy in the fire. "Tracy was gregarious and out there and loved life. He would love the fact that we were here today."
On the 20th anniversary of the fire, community members felt the mass was necessary to help ease the trauma and grief they still feel from the tragedy.
"I pray for continued healing," Providence Co-adjutor Bishop Richard Henning said. "I pray for all those who continue to put themselves at risk caring for others in our hospitals and first responders, and I hope and pray that we are become evermore a community that that has compassion and solidarity, one for each other."
Russo spoke to the congregation during the mass, and gave her thanks.
"Thank you for the 20 years that you've stuck by us, all of you, the whole community," Russo said. "Thank you for not forgetting our 100 and all the survivors, all the survivors that have lived through this for the last 20 years."