4/5/2013 8:14 AM
by Nadine Grimley
WHITESVILLE - Friday is a day of remembrance here in the Mountain State. It's been three years since 29 miners died in the Upper Big Branch mine disaster.
An explosion fueled by methane and coal dust tore through the former Massey Energy mine near Montcoal. It was the worst U.S. coal mine disaster in four decades. Two former mine officials are now behind bars, while the ex-president of another Massey mine waits for his sentencing in a related conspiracy case. The criminal probe continues.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin asked all West Virginians to join in a moment of silence at 3:01 Friday afternoon.
The Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce will honor the victims during a ceremony today on the courthouse lawn. It's scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m., followed by the unveiling of the memorial marker at 3:00 p.m.
Instead of a public ceremony, members of the UBB Miners Memorial in Whitesville laid wreaths near the Miner's Monument on the UBB Memorial Plaza this morning. They encourage the public to visit the memorial on their own time Friday, so that people can remember the men lost and reflect on that day's events in their own way.