A dedication ceremony will be held this Saturday for the Warwick Station Nightclub Memorial at 10 a.m. at the site, adjacent to the City Hall Annex in Apponaug. Mayor Scott Avedisian will serve as master of ceremonies. The dedication will be held rain or shine.
The program will include the singing of “Amazing Grace” by Stephanie Johnson and a prayer by Father Robert Marciano, pastor of St. Kevin Church and a longtime chaplain to the Warwick police and fire departments. Former Governor Donald Carcieri and Governor Lincoln Chafee have been invited to give remarks.
Scott Small, an employee of the city’s Department of Public Works who has coordinated the memorial’s construction, will recognize contributors and volunteers who made the memorial possible.
The names of the 10 Warwick residents who died will be read by Seth Adam Perlmutter, treasurer of the foundation that mounted the drive to build the memorial, followed by a recitation of the names of the 90 other victims. Foundation founder and chairman Jody King, whose brother Tracy perished in the fire, spearheaded efforts to make the memorial a reality and will offer remarks, after which a memorial tablet will be unveiled.
A police honor guard will raise flags on either side of the memorial, during which Johnson will lead the assembly in “God Bless America.”
Architect Harvey Wagner, who designed the memorial, Gina Russo of the Station Nightclub Foundation and Peter Ginaitt, a member of the memorial committee who was also one of the first responders to the fire, will also take part in the ceremony.