March 25, 1911 — 146 young immigrant garment workers died in a tragic fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in the bowels of then industrial New York City. The tragedy galvanized New York to fight for labor reforms and for fire safety in the workplace, and in some respects created the modern industrial safety movement — though OSHA wouldn't come along for another 60 years.

Each year, UNITE HERE joins with the Fire Department of New York to commemorate those who died and to recommit to the struggle for safety in the workplace.

A fire officer tolls a bell, as students and workers read a name and lay a flower for each of the 146 victims. New York City firefighters will slowly raise the ladder of their truck to the highest point the firefighters could reach in 1911, which was two floors below where workers were trapped.