The Times West Virginian

November 19, 2012

‘Their lives are worth remembering’: PHOTOS

Victims of No. 9 blast are honored in annual service

By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian

MANNINGTON — After 44 years, many of the details about the 78 miners who perished in the 1968 Farmington Mine Disaster have been obscured by the mists of time. The community knows their names, etched on a monolith and engraved in their families’ hearts, but so much of who they were has been lost.

At Sunday’s 44th Year Anniversary Memorial Service hosted by the United Mine Workers of America at the memorial site, located over the presumed resting place of the 19 miners who were never recovered, Dave Bienkoski and Chuck Moyers presented a report representing six months of research and identifying how many veterans were killed in the deadly mine disaster.

Cecil Roberts, UMW president, noted that the crowds gathered to remember their lost fathers, grandfathers and even great-grandfathers grow larger every year, and it’s at least in part because there’s so much to remember.

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