President Obama, Gov. Manchin Eulogize Miners Killed in 4/5 Explosion

Updated 4/25/2010 @ 6:03 pm

(AP) Services wrapped up at 6:00 pm Sunday for the memorial honoring the 29 miners who were killed April 5th in the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in Raleigh County.

Relatives of the miners gathered in Beckley for the service, which included a speech by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin.

Among in attendance was Don Blankenship, CEO of Masset Energy, which owns the mine.

The Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center was filled to capacity before the start of Sunday afternoon's memorial service.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


Updated 4/25/2010 @ 1:53 pm will be carrying LIVE President Barack Obama's euology Sunday afternoon for the 29 workers killed April 5th inside the Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh County.

The service is scheduled to begin at 3:30 pm (1930 GMT).

Vice President Joe Biden and other administration officials are scheduled to attend the public memorial service at the Beckley / Raleigh County Convention Center.

Governor Joe Manchin says the memorial is a chance to pay respects to the dead and the two miners who were injured.

The explosion was the nation's worst coal mine disaster in 40 years.


Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver a eulogy at a public memorial for the 29 victims of the nation's worst coal mine disaster in 40 years in Beckley.

The White House says Obama and vice president Joe Biden will attend the service Sunday.

The event also will feature musical performances, prayers, tributes and remarks from clergy and Gov. Joe Manchin.

The 29 died April 5 when in an explosion at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine.

Manchin says the memorial is a chance for the state to pay its respects to the dead and the two miners who were injured.

Separately, a Charleston law firm representing 21-year-old victim Adam Morgan says it's requested that the Mine Safety and Health Administration conduct a public hearing, requiring witnesses to testify.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by nobama on Apr 29, 2010 at 05:24 AM
    ann this site is very censored thank you. just try and make a post that is not what the censors agree with. kelsie, obama does not care one iota about any of those miners. that was nothing more than a photo opt. he had no business being there. his presence was an insult to every one of them.
  • by Kelsie Location: Lincoln County on Apr 26, 2010 at 03:15 PM
    This was a very moving ceremony. I didnt know any of those miners or their families, but I have cried watching the news footage and cried when none were found alive. This is heart breaking & it doesnt matter if you agree with Obama, Bush, Jimmy Carter etc. This was an American/West Virginian memorial service for the family members left behind to grieve & long for their fathers, husbands, sons, uncles. Shame on you people for making this political. Obama is a man first & from the things he said, the look on his face & glistening in his eyes, he was being sincere & heartfelt words of compassion was given to those wonderful people whose hearts have been broken. I'm proud to be from West Virginia, America & Lincoln County. Mostly proud NOT to be one of you awful people are from who have turned this disaster into something ugly & mean. God Bless the WV Coal Miners and their families and God Bless West Virginia. From the previous posts, it sounds like we all need it.
  • by Joe Rice Location: Parkersburg on Apr 26, 2010 at 02:02 PM
    My condolences go out to each and every one of the miners families. I pray for each of you. I also pray that we can all put politics aside just long enough to make sure this doesn't happen again.
  • by Brian on Apr 26, 2010 at 10:04 AM
    My heart goes out to all who lost family or friends in this tragedy. All of us should remember that no matter what our political views may be, these people need our support and need us to curb some of the comments I've read. They don't need to read or hear of some of the spewings seen here at this time. I may not have much use for our current adeministration but I'll air my anger and disapproval of them in a more appropriate forum and at another time. All of us should show restraint and do this for the families' sake.
  • by Mark Location: Parkersburg on Apr 26, 2010 at 09:45 AM
    I see nothing wrong with them coming to pay their respects...I don't think everything has a political motive behind it. However, I do think that those of you on the left seem to forget all of the Bush-bashing that went on for 8 years from your side. Everything from calling for his assassination, putting him on trial for war crimes, to calling him Satan. As out of place as some of the comments from the right are regarding this tragedy, please don't pretend that your side hasn't done the exact same thing in years past.
  • by Mindy on Apr 26, 2010 at 09:18 AM
    Wow...the amount of hate coming from these posts makes me sad....won't be reading any further. I wish people would realize how ridiculous they sound. Prayers for the miner's families...God will carry them throught this difficult time.
  • by Shelley Location: Williamstown on Apr 26, 2010 at 08:38 AM
    Some of the comments on here is why WTAP, should do away with the comments section, or at least police the site. All my sympathies for the friends, and families of our fallen miners.
  • by Big Joe Location: here on Apr 26, 2010 at 07:19 AM
    Are these hateful comments the christian values we always hear about from the Republican party?This event was a terrible tragedy that could have been prevented by Massey coal,so if you hateful Republicans need to let some anger out at least direct it towards the party responsible for the deaths of these hard working individuals.It is wrong in so many ways to use this tragic event as an excuse to bash the President,I am embarrassed by the actions and comments left by a few heartless (no name could describe these people in a proper light)-----------.People just remember God is watching and I don't think he would approve of some of your actions.
  • by STEVE Location: belpre on Apr 26, 2010 at 05:26 AM
    To start with Iam sorry for the familys lose. I being one of the family would not have allowed OBAMA to speek or show up at the ceremony. when he gets done with CAP & TAX he will run the coal miners out of a job so their will not be anymore deaths. their will be thousands without jobs but that does not matter to OBAMA. OBAMA is like a teenager when he opens his mouth to speek he lies.
  • by nobama on Apr 26, 2010 at 03:55 AM
    that sorry excuse had no business insulting the miners like that. his very presence was an insult. and ann, that sorry excuse for a human is NOT the president.
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