WEST WARWICK, RI (WTNH)-- Ten years after the devastating Rhode Island night club fire, a permanent memorial is set to be built. That means those who have left mementos now have to pick them up if they want to keep them.
Right now, a somewhat makeshift memorial is open to the public for anyone who wants to come there to the site and remember and honor those who died in this fire. But soon the entire parking lot will be fenced off as a permanent memorial is built.
A lifetime of memories and a decade of heartache. The one hundred people who never came home from the Station nightclub on February 20, 2003 are remembered among these crosses.
Mothers, brothers, heroes, and couples remembered during happier times. They have races run in their honor and loved ones who will never forget.
There are newspapers collected by a local grandmother left for anyone who wants them.
"If you drive by, you know something bad happened there. If it was like a nice gazebo or something, oh look at that, it's a nice little area," said Kevin Bettez, West Warwick, RI.
Sarah Telgarsky's sister tells News 8 her parents visited the site on Labor Day. Her father built this cross and will leave it to be included in the permanent memorial set to be built there this fall.
"I've been thinking that for years though so hopefully it gets done," said Bettez.
Eight people with ties to Connecticut died in the fire. The Station Fire Memorial Foundation is alerting loved ones to collect mementos they want to keep.
This Weeping Cherry Tree was planted there as a living memorial to those lost in the fire. If anyone wants to retrieve the mementos left there they can do so by September 15th.
After that they will be respectfully collected and put in a time capsule which will be part of the permanent memorial.
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