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
The West Virginia Coal Festival is looking for area coal miners to march in the annual parade in memory of those lost in the UBB disaster. The marching miners will represent the 29 fallen UBB miners who are the 2105 WV Coal Festival Parade Marshalls. Judy Sanders, festival volunteer, needs to know if there is an interest for this event. Please contact Judy at 304-369-9127 and confirm you willingness to participate. Parade organizers need to know they have enough participants who are committed to be there. This will be a powerful tribute. Please respond to Judy so she can continue to make the arrangements. The parade will be held on June 20th.