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After the 80th anniversary of the tragic fire, a Cocoanut Grove memorial is coming to Boston

"There's a special place in heaven not only for the people who died in the Cocoanut Grove, but for the people who kept this memory alive."

A memorial service was held at the site of the Cocoanut Grove fire Monday afternoon to mark 80 years since the fire killed nearly 500 people. Suzanne Kreiter / The Boston Globe

Monday marked the 80th anniversary of the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire, a fire that killed 490 people and injured hundreds more. It remains the deadliest disaster in Boston’s history and is the second deadliest building fire in American history. 

The Cocoanut Grove Memorial Committee is working with Boston to create a memorial that will recognize and honor the tragic event. The committee was established in 2015 to keep the public informed and share memories of the victims of the deadly fire, and is currently reviewing a design agreement. After that, the artist will move on to the final design phase.

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The project has a total budget of $585,000 and the memorial is expected to be installed in fall 2023.

Former Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn was among those who attended a vigil held Monday to honor the victims of the blaze.

“There’s a special place in heaven not only for the people who died in the Cocoanut Grove, but for the people who kept this memory alive,” he said, according to Boston 25 News.

The memorial will be built in Statler Park in Bay Village, one block from the former Cocoanut Grove nightclub, which was located at 17 Piedmont Street, according to the city.

“Not only will this memorial uplift the memories of all those lives we lost and the first responders who rushed to the scene, it will remind us of what we as a city have always done in moments of great sorrow and struggle — we come together, we unite as a community,” current Mayor Michelle Wu said Monday, according to Boston 25 News.

The memorial is currently in the contracting phase, according to the city.

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