The 10th anniversary of the Tropicana garage collapse will be commemorated with an Atlantic City Boardwalk march and vigil today.

Four workers, ironworker Jimmy Bigelow Sr., 29, of Egg Harbor Township; ironworker Michael Wittland, 53, of Pleasantville; cement mason Scott Pietrosante, 21, of Buena Vista Township; and cement mason Robert Tartaglio Jr., 42, of Galloway Township, were killed in the collapse Oct. 30, 2003.

The South Jersey Building Trades Council will hold a Workers Memorial Labor Walk and Ceremony beginning 3:30 p.m. in front of the Chelsea Hotel, located at Chelsea Avenue and the Boardwalk, and travel to the Workers Memorial Monument, located in Kennedy Plaza across from Boardwalk Hall, for a 4 p.m. ceremony.

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“We promised we would not forget the families of those workers who did not return home from work on Oct. 30, 2003,” South Jersey Building Trades Council President Will Pauls said in a statement. “This event shows we are keeping our word in honoring the memories of our fallen brothers in recognition of their sacrifice and that of their families.”

Pauls, state Building Trades Council President William Mullin, family members, and federal and local officials are scheduled to speak.

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