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.)

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Updated 4/25/2010 @ 1:53 pm

WTAP.com 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.

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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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