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Miner's Day Banner
The effort to create a commemorative National Miner's Day, on December 6, was successful. First it was introduced in the United States House of Represenatives by Congressman Rahall, Congresswoman Capito, and Congressman Mollohan. It was adopted there and went on to the Senate. Sponsored by Senator Byrd, Senator Rockefeller, and Senator Reid, resolution was passed by the United States Senate on December 3, 2009.

Thanks to the thousands of people who believe it is important to recognize the contributions of miners to the well being of all.

~ Roy Lee Cooke, President MDMAWV
~ Creed Holden, Advocate for National Miner's Day Petition




Sponsored by Delegates Longstreth, Caputo, Manchin, Barker, Beach, Brown, Butcher, Carmichael, Crosier, DeLong, Doyle, Eldridge, Fragale, Frich, Hatfield, Hrutkay, Marshall, Martin, Miley, Overington, Paxton, Perdue, Pethtel, Poling, Talbott, Rick Thompson, Ron Thompson, Tucker, Walters, G. White, Williams, Wysong, Amores, Anderson, Argento, Browning, Campbell, Ellem, Frederick, Kominar, Long, Mahan, Michael, Morgan, Pino, Staton, Stemple, Stephens, Susman, Tansill and Varner

Designating December 6 annually as "Miner's Day" in appreciation, honor and remembrance of the accomplishments and sacrifices of miners in this State. Whereas, The worst mining disaster in American history occurred in the community of Monongah, West Virginia on December 6, 1907, resulting in the deaths of 361 miners; and

Whereas, This year in West Virginia mining disasters have occurred on January 2, 2006, at Tallmansville in Upshur County, and on January 20, 2006, at Melville in Logan County, resulting in the deaths of 14 brave miners; and

Whereas, The total number of West Virginia miners who have perished in mining disasters exceeds 2626; and

Whereas, These disasters are sober reminders of the risks that miners are routinely exposed to in their work; therefore, be it

Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That December 6 be designated annually as "Miner's Day" in appreciation, honor and remembrance of the accomplishments and sacrifices of miners in this State ; and, be it

Further Resolved, That on December 6 each year part of the day be set aside for quiet contemplation to honor those brave miners who have perished in our State's mines; and, be it

Further Resolved, The Clerk of the House of Delegates is hereby requested to forward a copy of this resolution to the Governor.






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