Mining Communities Honour Miners Memorial Day

first_imgThe Men of the Deeps will perform in Port Morien, Cape Breton Regional Municipality on Wednesday, June 11 as Nova Scotia communities pay tribute to miners who lost their lives on the job. “We mark Miners’ Memorial Day every June 11 to remind ourselves of Nova Scotia’s rich mining history, and to recognize the tremendous sacrifices made by miners who worked in the coal mines in this province,” said Labour and Workforce Development Minister Mark Parent. “In addition, this day also serves as a reminder of the importance of workplace health and safety.” Formerly known as Davis Day, Miners’ Memorial Day began in memory of miner Bill Davis, who was killed in New Waterford during the mining strike of 1925. During the Port Morien ceremony, members of the Davis family will lay a wreath in memory of their grandfather Bill Davis. “My grandfather sacrificed his life for coal mining in Nova Scotia, and every year we gather to thank him and all others who lost their lives in the pit for their sacrifices,” said Norma MacDonald, Mr. Davis’s granddaughter. Every year, the United Mineworkers of America organizes Miners’ Memorial Day events throughout the province. “Coal mining is ingrained in Nova Scotians as part of our heritage,” said Bobbi Burchell of the United Mineworkers of America. “When the mining industry ceased to exist in Cape Breton, we stood a chance of losing that history. These ceremonies are a way of making sure that doesn’t happen.”last_img

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