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Victims of UBB explosion remembered on anniversary


WHITESVILLE (WVVA) - One year ago Tuesday, 29 West Virginia miners lost their lives in the nation's deadliest mining disaster in decades.

Services planned in Whitesville will honor the memories of the miners killed in the April 5, 2010 explosion at Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County.

A private service for the families of the victims will be held at 6 p.m. at Whitesville Elementary School. A service open to the public will be held at 8 p.m., at the gazebo in Whitesville.

Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has proclaimed Tuesday a day of prayer and remembrance. He has requested a statewide one-minute twenty-nine second moment of silence at 3:01 p.m., the approximate time the explosion took place.

He has also asked that churches ring their bells 29 times in honor of the 29 killed.


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