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BECKLEY (WVVA) - Today marks the third anniversary of one the nation's deadliest mining disasters.

On April 5, 2010, 29 miners were killed in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Whitesville, Raleigh County.

The somber anniversary will be marked Friday morning by a placing of wreaths at the UBB Miners Monument.

Instead of a public ceremony to mark the 3rd anniversary of the disaster the memorial group encourages the public to visit the memorial on their own time. The wreaths will be on site for viewing all day.
 
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has asked all West Virginians to join in a moment of silence at 3:01 p.m. -- the time of the explosion three years ago.
 
Also at 3 p.m., a memorial marker honoring the 29 miners killed will be unveiled on the Raleigh County Courthouse lawn by the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce.

The memorial marker was funded through a partnership of the chamber and the Raleigh County Commission, along with a state grant.

 
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