by Ron Gregory
Whitesville — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin is among those expected to attend a remembrance ceremony tomorrow (Thursday, April 5) in Whitesville.
The date will mark the eighth anniversary of the Upper Big Branch mine disaster that killed 29 coal miners.
“Eight years ago, 29 brave West Virginia miners went to work and never returned home to their loved ones,” Manchin said today. “In the aftermath of that horrible day, through moments of hope and despair, all West Virginians and the nation grieved with the miners’ families. Gayle and I join all West Virginians in honoring those miners’ memories as we pray for continued strength for their families.”
The event is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. at the Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial on Coal River Road, Whitesville. The public has been invited to attend.