The Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial is dedicated to twenty-nine miners who lost their lives in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Coal Mine on April 5th, 2010, to the first responders and mine rescuers that put themselves in harm's way to come to the aid of their fellow man and to all individuals who have suffered injury, illness or death as a result of working in the coal industry.
"This striking memorial symbolizes strength. Strength of those brave men, the strength
of their families and the unwavering strength of this community. This memorial stands
as a reminder... a reminder of what we lost, the love we shared for our fallen brothers,
as a reminder that life is often too short and as a reminder that we must always
put safety first. This memorial stands for all of us- to help heal, to reflect and
to never forget."
-Senator Joe Manchin, UBB Miners Memorial Dedication, July 27, 2012
Pictured is Paul Moore, State Coordinator for West Virginia Project Healing Waters, visiting the Veterans Memorial in Whitesville.
We are very proud to be working with West Virginia Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing in trying to help organize a group on the Big Coal River. Project Healing Waters is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings. We need to know if there is an interest on the Big Coal River for this group. Any veteran with at least 1% disability is eligible to participate. We have a couple of folks who have volunteered to be team leaders, we just need to know if there are any eligible vets around the Big Coal area who would like to be a part of the group. Send us a private message if you would like more info. We are very proud of our veterans!
If you make it to the MU vs WVU Hockey game this weekend in South Charleston be sure to tag us in your check-in from the rink! The team and the rink’s management have been very supportive of the UBB Miners Memorial.