6/28/2014 6:00 PM
by Mike Bundt
A memorial in Fayette County this afternoon is held to remember one of the worst mine disasters in local history.
112 people died in the Layland mine disaster back on March 2nd, 1915.
Memorial organizers say the accident was mostly forgotten for more than
90 years before the idea of the memorial circulated through the
community. This current project cost $27,000 and was in the works for
more than four years. Family of some of the fallen miners attended
today's ceremony. Pastor Ray Crook spoke with Newswatch about honoring
"We have a lot of family members here who are descendants of those who
were lost and we're hoping this will give them a little bit of closure
and a little bit of comfort in knowing that someone took the time to
remember them" said Crook.
The ceremony was very well attended. The monument unveiling preceded a presentation inside the church.