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Candlelight Walk Held To Remember 29 Fallen Miners
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Apr. 5, 2012 10:04 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 5, 2012 10:15 PM EDT
Whitesville , Boone County , West Virginia
A special memorial walk was held in Whitesville Thursday night to honor the miners who died two years ago at the Upper Big Branch Mine.
Many tears were shed as more than 100 people came together to light candles, pray, and remember the 29 miners.
"It just seems like it was yesterday. It don't get no better, it gets worse as the days go by," said Nancy Long, holding back tears as she thought about what she was doing two years ago on April 5, 2010.
It's a community that's been brought together by tragedy, but many say they're staying together through faith.
"I believe if God was here before me right now, all 29 men made it in, because what do you do when you're in fear? And I have hope seeing him someday and that's the only that keeps going from day to day," says Long. She lost her grandson, Ronald Maynor in the mine explosion. For others, they're keeping the men's memories alive any way they know how.
"Them guys were my friends and we wrestled together and I think about them everyday and it's hard," said David Lamperty of Midway. He was working at UBB the day of the fatal explosion. He's putting together a memorial truck with each of the fallen miners name and faces. He says he wants it to serve as a reminder of the loss that day.
"Good men and great coal miners and I loved every one of them," he said.
Heavy hearts coming together to do only one thing...remember.
"You feel the absence and you know, especially when you go past the mine where everything happened, you know, you just feel that sense of loss and I don't think it's ever going to go away," said Darlene Carpenter.
"We're all family and we're all here for the same reason because we love our miners and we're here to remember 29 that are gone," she said.
The community marched from Whitesville Elementary to the new UBB Memorial. They say they plan to keep it a tradition.
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