Com­mu­nity pays trib­ute to fallen min­ers

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

In the years when men risked their lives daily to eke out a liv­ing from the coal in the val­ley, 210 men per­ished in the mines.

Now ev­ery year the Drumheller­com­mu­nity hon­ours them.

The an­nual Min­ers Memo­rial cer­e­monies are com­ing up on Sun­day, May 20.

Jay Rus­sell of the At­las Coal Mine says this year they are ap­proach­ing the cel­e­bra­tion a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ently than last year.

This year there will be no march. Rather the Me­mori- al will be­gin at 11 a.m. Sun­day morn­ing at the Min­ers Memo­rial Park be­side Drumheller Town Hall on Cen­tre Street.

Rus­sell says there will be some guest speak­ers, mu­sic pro­vided by Marie An­der­son Rus­sell and the recit­ing of the 210 names of the min­ers who died in the Val­ley’s mines.

Fol­low­ing the cer­e­mony, there will be a re­cep­tion at the At­las Coal Mine. There is a full slate of ac­tiv­i­ties planned in­clud­ing pony rides, kids games, and light re­fresh­ments.

At 2 p.m., there will be a spe­cial screen­ing of the short fea­ture “In My Bones” at the East Coulee School Mu­seum. The film by Den­nis En­vold­sen de­buted at the Min­ers Memo­rial a cou­ple of years ago, and Rus­sell says it is back by pop­u­lar de­mand. The Val­ley and its min­ers are fea­tured heav­ily in the short film.

This year’s Min­ers Memo­rial ser­vice will be Sun­day, May 20 at 11 a.m. at the Min­ers Memo­rial Park on Cen­tre Street, fol­lowed by a re­cep­tion at the At­las Coal Mine. mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

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