ACTING GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES STATEWIDE OBSERVANCES IN HONOR OF UBB VICTIMS

HNN Staff
CHARLESTON, WV (HNN). -Today acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued a proclamation proclaiming Tuesday, April 5, 2011, as a day of prayer and remembrance for the twenty-nine men who were killed at the Upper Big Branch Mine one year ago.
 The proclamation also includes a request for statewide observances to occur starting at 3:01 p.m. in honor of the victims.

"One year ago, 29 hard working miners perished," acting Gov. Tomblin said. "In their memory, I request that every church in our state ring its bell 29 times at 3:01 p.m. which is the estimated time of the deadly explosion. At that moment, I ask all West Virginians to observe a moment of silence for all miners who have perished and for those who continue to work in harm's way."

On April 5th, the acting Governor will pay tribute to the UBB miners by laying a wreath at the Miner's Statue on the State Capitol grounds. Later that evening, the Governor will participate in a memorial service with the UBB victims' families.  Additional details regarding both events will be forthcoming.
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