The memorial service at the Attica Correctional Facility today, on the 50th anniversary of the violent retaking of the prison during the notorious uprising, is open to the public.

Hosted by the group the Forgotten Victims of Attica, the service will begin at 4 p.m.

The prison, located in Wyoming County, was the site in 1971 of the nation's deadliest prison uprising. The inmates, having tried unsuccessfully for months to get conditions improved, seized control of Attica on Sept. 9.

On Sept. 13, State Police stormed the prison, fatally shooting 39 men — 29 inmates and 10 prison employees who were being held hostage. In all, 43 men died during the uprising.

The Forgotten Victims of Attica was formed in 2000. It is a group consisting of prison workers who survived the riot, and their families, and the families of prison workers killed at Attica in September 1971.

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