Morgantown, WV (PRWEB) April 04, 2012
Remember The Miners, the non-profit public awareness campaign dedicated to telling the story of America’s real source of energy, the coal miner, put forth a call today for a statewide remembrance of the 29 men lost during a mine explosion on April 5, 2010 at the Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, West Virginia.
“Two years ago, West Virginia and the Big Coal River valley lost 29 brave men who were dads, sons, brothers, grandfathers, uncles, cousins, and loved ones to countless others. We honor their legacy and remember them,” said Jason Parsons, President of Remember The Miners, “Tomorrow, at 3:27 p.m. we call on all West Virginians to join us for a moment of silence in memory of those 29 miners.” The Upper Big Branch mine exploded at 3:27 p.m. on April 5, 2010.
West Virginia University Head Basketball Coach and Remember The Miners Honorary Chairman Bob Huggins visited with the families of Upper Big Branch shortly after returning from WVU’s historic run to the Final Four in early April 2010.
“Shortly after Upper Big Branch we raised thousands of dollars for the families through the Upper Big Branch Family Fund put together by students on WVU’s campus and folks gave a few dollars – whatever they could. Today, I’m proud to serve as chairman of Remember The Miners and to pay tribute to all of West Virginia’s mining families. I hope all West Virginians will join with us in a moment of silence and take it upon yourself to say “thank you” to our coal miners. They work hard, are representative of the character and resilience of West Virginia’s people, and they truly power America,” Huggins said, “To the families of Upper Big Branch and all of those who have been lost: we will never forget.”
“At 3:27 p.m. on April 5, we hope businesses, public institutions, and individuals will join with us in a collective moment of silence,” Parsons stated.
You may leave thoughts of remembrance or tribute on the Remember The Miners Facebook page.
About Remember The Miners
Remember the Miners is a public awareness campaign dedicated to honoring the legacy of all miners and the mining industry, bringing the human element to the forefront of the energy debate, and remembering the miners who have fallen. Remember The Miners also raises awareness about the sacrifices that miners and their families make for our country. http://www.remembertheminers.org.