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Thursday, December 3, 2009

National Miner's Day Resolution Passes in the US Senate

United States 111th Congress
1st Session

Washington, District of Columbia

The campaign to create a commemorative National Miner's Day, on December 6, was successful !!!

A resolution was passed in the United States Senate on December 3, 2009.

The press release is on Senator Byrd's web site @
http://byrd.senate.gov/mediacenter/view_article.cfm?ID=566

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

~ Creed Holden, Author of the National Miner's Day Petition





Wednesday, November 4, 2009

West Virginia Congressional Delegation introduces National Miner's Day Resolution

United States 111th Congress
1st Session

Washington, District of Columbia

A group press release announced that legislation was introduced in the House (House Concurrent Resolution 208) by West Virginia Representative Rahall, and co-sponsored by WV Representatives Mollohan and Capito; and was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor.


House Concurrent Resolution 208


Supporting the goals and ideals of a National Miner’s Day to celebrate and honor the contributions of miners and encouraging the people of the United States to participate in local and national activities celebrating and honoring the contributions of miners.

Whereas miners daily risk life and limb in their labors;

Whereas the foundations of civilization are constructed from, advanced by, and sustained with, the materials procured with miner’s sweat and blood;

Whereas the miners of the United States have labored long and hard over our country’s existence to make it the economically strong, military secure Nation that it is today;

Whereas miners and their families have achieved, provided, and sacrificed so much for the betterment of their fellow Americans;

Whereas the great mining tragedy at Monongah, West Virginia, that occurred on December 6, 1907, is recognized to this day for causing the greatest loss of lives in American industrial history;

Whereas that tragedy helped to launch the national effort to secure the safety and health of our miners that continues to this day; and

Whereas December 6 would be an appropriate date to observe a National Miner’s Day: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That the House of Representatives–

1) supports the goals and ideals of National Miners’ Day to celebrate and honor the contributions of miners; and

2) encourages the people of the United States to participate in local and national activities celebrating and honoring the contributions of miners.


Senate Resolution 337


The Senate companion bill (Senate Resolution 337) was introduced by West Virginia Senators Byrd and Rockefeller.





Saturday, December 6, 2008

National Miner's Day 2008 Commemoration Message by West Virginia Congressman Nick Rahall

US House of Representatives
Washington, District of Columbia
Nick Rahall - Third district
National Miner's Day

An old mining song contains this powerful, but truthful verse:

A miner's life is like a sailor, aboard a ship to cross the waves,
Every day his life's in danger, still he ventures, being brave,
Unlike you or me, a miner goes to work every day,
Knowing that he is placing his life in grave danger.

Throughout our Nation’s history, the American miner has risked life and limb in order to produce the raw materials that fuel our economy, the energy that heats our homes, and the resources that ensure our security. Without these selfless and dedicated miners, American society would never have flourished, nor would it continue to function. It is fitting, therefore, that we recognize and honor these brave workers who have served our Nation quietly and faithfully for so many years.

As a lifelong advocate for America’s miners, I recently introduced a resolution, H. Res. 1006, in the U.S. House of Representatives supporting the goals and ideals of a “National Miner’s Day” to celebrate and honor the contributions that miners have made to America throughout our history. I am grateful to have been joined by Representative Alan Mollohan (D-WV) as an original cosponsor of the resolution. I also commend Homer Hickam, one of West Virginia’s inspirational figures, a best-selling author who grew up on the coal fields and went on to a successful career at NASA, for being a leading proponent of establishing a national day of recognition.

In southern West Virginia, the very heart of our Nation’s coal country, we know that generations of hardworking, God-fearing miners and their families have helped to forge our Nation’s proud history and the set of values Americans hold dear.

In southern West Virginia, we also know that every minute a miner is at work, he faces gas explosions, equipment failure, roof falls, and fires. He knows that he is a spark or a slip of a tool away from never seeing his family again. Still, as the song says, he “ventures being brave.” He must.

Fatality rates in our Nation’s coal fields once resembled the casualty lists from the battlefields when our Nation was at war.

December 1907 is remembered in the coal fields as “bloody December.” On December 1st, a gas explosion killed all 34 men in a mine in Fayette City, Pennsylvania. Five days later, 362 miners perished in the Monongah disaster in West Virginia—the worst industrial accident in American history. Ten days later, an explosion in Yolande, Alabama, killed 57 men. On December 19th, in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania, an explosion killed 239 miners.

Laws, safety inspections, and better, safer equipment, thankfully, have helped to reduce the casualty rates among our Nation’s miners. The tragedies in 2006 at Sago and Aracoma in West Virginia, however, reminded Americans that mining is still very much a dangerous profession—that, “every day his life's in danger, still he ventures, being brave.”

Today the battle cry of Mother Jones continues to ring throughout the hills and hollows of West Virginia and in all the mines across this land: "Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living."

I am proud to be a part of this historic resolution—sought by many West Virginians, including Homer Hickam and the History and Culture Institute of Mining—that pays tribute to the contributions that miners have made to America throughout our history.

The role of the miner is just as important today as it was 100 years ago to our State and to our Nation. Celebrating a National Miner’s Day is a simple, yet very important, way a grateful Nation can acknowledge these men and women who have done so much for us and will continue to do even more throughout our future.






Friday, December 5, 2008

The Daily Athenaeum

WVU Celebrates Miner's Day
Melanie Hoffman, Staff Writer

Morgantown, West Virginia
West Virginia University’s Mountaineer mascot, Michael Squires, kicked off this year’s Miner’s Day singing “Country Roads,” Roy Lee Cooke and Michael Squires which soon turned the Gluck Theatre into a sing-along with the entire room pitching in.

The event was sponsored by WVU’s Division of Student Affairs and the student chapter of the Society of Mining Engineering in honor of Miner’s Day on Dec. 6.

Miner’s Day is the day “honoring each and every miner; past, present and future,” according to its Web site, http://www.minersday.org.

Dec. 6 was chosen because of the Monongah mine catastrophe, the worst mining disaster in American history.

Official records say that 362 men died, but some estimate the number is closer to 500. Last year marked its 100th anniversary.

Senior public relations major Tricia Cesarino and senior broadcast news major David Slusarick hosted the event, held Thursday evening at the Gluck Theatre.

The WVU Press had books about mining and railroads available to buy while others were raffled off.

Professor Gina Martino Dahlia, acting chairman of the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism’s broadcast news program, donated five autographed copies of her award-winning documentary “The Monongah Heroine.” The documentary, which was produced, narrated and filmed by Dahlia, will be publicly broadcast Dec. 10 at 10:30 p.m. on PBS.

Keynote speaker Roy Lee Cooke spoke of the importance of Miner’s Day in West Virginia.

Cooke, a Coalwood, W.Va., native, was one of the original “Rocket Boys” in the movie “October Sky.”

“Miner’s Day is a day to support those who do one of the most dangerous jobs in the world,” Cooke said.

Professors Chris Haddox and Ray Hicks were musicians for the event. They performed songs highlighting the impact of coal mining on West Virginia.

Currently, Miner’s Day is trying to become a national holiday. The Web site currently contains a petition for an annual commemorative National Miner’s Day throughout the United States.

“As important as Miner’s Day is, there are other things going on in the world that take priority,” Cooke said referring to the reasons why Miner’s Day is being overlooked. “The best we can do is to educate the public.”

Squires added that the Miner’s Day programs at WVU are not as well attended as they should be.

“We need to look at and remember the heritage of West Virginia and most of the eastern part of the country,” Squires said.

Freshman general engineering major Kyle Ring attended the program because of his interest in entering a profession dealing with mining engineering.

“My family is interested in mines, so attending this program gave me the greater knowledge of West Virginia mining,” Ring said.

Sonja Wilson, the Miner’s Day event coordinator, was pleased with the evening’s turnout.

“People are already coming forward to volunteer for next year,” Wilson said. “My father, grandfather and husband all worked in the mines, so it’s near and dear to my heart.”





Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Miner's Day message from Cecil E. Roberts, Jr., President of the United Mine Workers of America

Fairfax, Virginia
For over 100 years, coal miners have been the backbone Cecil E. Roberts, Jr.of West Virginia's economy and they remain so today. Thousands have given their lives, their limbs, their health to build the industrial might of our state and our nation and to provide the energy we use every day.

Coal miners keep our lights on and our computers running, meeting the ever-expanding energy needs of our increasingly 'wired' society. Without miners and the coal they produce, America would be a very different and less hospitable place.

Though we in the UMWA celebrate miners every day, we join with our friends and neighbors in West Virginia on Dec. 6, 2008 in celebrating Miner's Day.

~ Cecil E. Roberts, Jr.
   President, United Mine Workers of America





Thursday, March 27, 2008

Kathy Mattea & Homer Hickam @ CONSOL Energy - Robinson Run Mine Tour

Curtisville, Marion County, West Virginia
Kathy Mattea and her boys

Jon Vezner, Kathy Mattea, Don London, and Bill Cooley prepare to go on their underground coal mine tour in West Virginia. Kathy's 17th album, COAL, is being released on April 1, 2008.

WBOY TV report by Karen Kiley @
http://www.wboy.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=36522


Kathy mattea, Linda Terry Hickam, Homer Hickam, Jr.

Kathy, Linda Terry Hickam, and Homer Hickam share a happy moment after reaching the face of the longwall.

Kathy Mattea, Homer Hickam and friends

While not all of us can mine the coal the powers the nation, we are honored to be able to spend some time with those that do.

Kneeling Front Row: Creed Holden; Jimmy Brock, Kathy Mattea, Michael Smith
Standing Back Row:
Don London, Linda Terry Hickam, Bill Cooley, Homer Hickam, Ray Lieving, Marvin McBribe, Jon Vezner

Photos by Creed Holden, and Mike Rohaly

Thanks to CONSOL Energy and it's Mine Workers for their kind generosity.









Tuesday, March 4, 2008

An Open Letter to the Members of the Delegations to the UN General Assembly Regarding Miners


Fairmont, West Virginia


MDMAWV Petition Banner


March 4, 2008


To Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and Members of the Delegations to the UN General Assembly,

The Miner's Day Memorial Association of West Virginia, in respect to the contributions of miners to the development and sustenance of world civilizations, requests the United Nations to consider hosting an "International Year of the Miner", and to do so at it's earliest possible convenience.

Sincerely,


Roy Lee Cooke
President

Miner's Day Memorial Association of West Virginia
Fairmont, West Virginia, USA





Thursday, February 28, 2008

Congressman Nick Rahall of West Virginia Introduces National Miner's Day Resolution

US House of Representatives
Washington, District of Columbia
HRES 1006 IH
110th CONGRESS
2nd Session

H. RES. 1006

Supporting the goals and ideals of a National Miner's Day to celebrate and honor the contributions of miners and encouraging the people of the United States to participate in local and National activities celebrating and honoring the contributions of miners.

July 4, 2003 IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 28, 2008

Mr. RAHALL (for himself and Mr. MOLLOHAN) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor

RESOLUTION

Supporting the goals and ideals of a National Miner's Day to celebrate and honor the contributions of miners and encouraging the people of the United States to participate in local and National activities celebrating and honoring the contributions of miners.

Whereas miners daily risk life and limb in their labors;

Whereas the foundations of civilization are constructed from, advanced by, and sustained with, the materials procured with miner's sweat and blood;

Whereas without these selfless and dedicated miners, human society could never have progressed, nor continue to function;

Whereas the miners of the United States have labored long and hard over the more than 231 years of our great country's existence;

Whereas miners and their families have achieved, provided, and sacrificed so much in those 2 centuries;

Whereas the great mining tragedy at Monongah, West Virginia, that occurred on December 6, 1907, is recognized to this day for causing the greatest loss of lives in American industrial history;

Whereas that tragedy helped to launch the National effort to secure the safety and health of our miners;

Whereas the year 2006, 99 years after that tragic event, was marked by a series of mine tragedies that demonstrated the Nation's continued need for vigilance in our mines and resulted in a new law to increase protection of our miners;

Whereas the contributions of miners are so vital to our Nation's well-being yet so often taken for granted; and

Whereas December 6 would be an appropriate date to observe a National Miner's Day: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives--

(1) supports the goals and ideals of a National Miner's Day to celebrate and honor the contributions of miners; and

(2) encourages the people of the United States to participate in local and National activities celebrating and honoring the contributions of miners.







Thursday, February 28, 2008


Homer Hickam & Rocket Boys @ CONSOL Energy - Robinson Run Mine Tour

Curtisville, Marion County, West Virginia
Roy Lee Cooke and Bill "Willy" Rose

Roy Lee Cook, and Billy "Willy" Rose, listen intently during part of their tour Of CONSOL Energy's Robinson Run mine, in Marion County, West Virginia.

Roy Lee and Billy are both sons of West Virginia and two of the "Rocket Boys" of Coalwood, WV.

Roy is also the President of the Miner's Day Memorial Association of West Virginia; and Founder and President of the History & Culture Institute of Mining.

Billy is a retired electrical engineer who worked in the mining industry, and a few other exciting occupations, as well.

Creed Holden, Homer Hickam, Roy Lee Cooke, Coal Miner

Creed Holden, Homer Hickam, Roy Lee Cook, and one of our Coal Miner guides, prepare to go on the mine tour.

Homer is a native West Virginian and  a former coal miner, he is also a leading proponent for establishing a National Miner's Day.

His latest book is a romantic thriller titled "Red Helmet", and revolves around a modern day coal mine.

Creed is Administrative Assistant for the MDMAWV; and Vice President and Secretary of the History & Culture Institure of Mining.

Joe Cerisano and Homer Hickam

Song writer Joe Cerisano and Homer pose for the photographer after their tour of the mine.

Joe is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Miner's Day Memorial Association of West Virginia; and also on the Board of Directors for the History & Culture
Institute of Mining.

Photos by Creed Holden, and Linda Terry Hickam

Thanks to CONSOL Energy and it's Mine Workers for their kind generosity.






Thursday, February 14, 2008

Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 51 -- Urging the United States Congress declare an annual commemorative National Miner's Day.

Currently in Government Organization, as of Friday, February 15, 2008, and at the end of the Regular Session  on Saturday, March 8, 2008.

Charleston, West Virginia
WV State Senate Banner
WEST VIRGINIA LEGISLATURE

SENATE JOURNAL

SEVENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE
REGULAR SESSION, 2008

THIRTY-SEVENTH DAY

Charleston, W. Va., Thursday, February 14, 2008

Senators Unger, Oliverio, Stollings, Foster, Hunter and Kessler offered the following resolution:

Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 51-- Urging the United States Congress declare an annual commemorative National Miner's Day.

Whereas, Around the clock, second by second, miners risk life and limb during their labors; and

Whereas, The foundations and trappings of civilization are constructed from, and sustained with, the materials procured with their sweat and blood; and

Whereas, Without these selfless and dedicated miners human society could never have progressed, nor continued to function; and

Whereas, Miners in the United States have labored long and hard over the 231 years of our great country's existence and have achieved, provided and sacrificed much in those two centuries; and

Whereas, On December 6, 2007, Miner's Day was observed in West Virginia for the second time since its creation by the West Virginia Legislature; therefore, be it

Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That the Legislature hereby urges the United States Congress to declare an annual commemorative National Miner's Day; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the Legislature expresses great thanks to the miners that risk their lives everyday for the betterment of our great state and country; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the members of the West Virginia delegation to the United States Congress.

Which, under the rules, lies over one day.





Monday, November 26, 2007

History & Culture Institute of Mining, Inc.
Museum and Memorial

MDMAWV Press Conference
Monday

November 26, 2007

2:00 pm

Technology Park
Research Center

1000 Galliher Drive

I-79 Technology Park

Fairmont, WV
Roy L. Cooke

MDMAWV President Roy L. Cooke



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