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
If you are in our area, please join us Friday, April 25th at the old Pettus school for the Catholic Charities Health and Wellness Expo. We are sponsoring a “Wellness Walk” inside the gym. Walk a mile (19 laps around the gym) and we will give you a t-shirt that depicts the First Responders bronze at the UBB Memorial. We will also be giving away step counters from The Coal Heritage Riverwalk. We will be there from 10:00-3:00. See you there! See the brochure below for more information.
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