NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Descendants of the victims and strangers alike held banners with the names of the young women killed in the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire more than 100 years ago.
A memorial was held in Greenwich Village on Wednesday to mark the 102nd anniversary of the fatal fire.
An FDNY bell tolled 146 times as each of the victims’ names were read aloud. Among those who died that day were Vincent Maltese’s grandmother Katarina and his aunts Lucia and Rosaria, who were just 14 years old.
“I knew about it always, but when I was about 20 or 21 I decided to come and look at the building. One of those things, I had to do it. I come every year,” Maltese told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond.
He said the annual event is a memorial but also a call to action.