Virginia Governor, Bob McDonnell is urging state residents to join neighbors in West Virginia in a moment of silence in memory of the miners lost in last week’s tragic explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal. The moment of silence will be led by West Virginia Governor, Joe Manchin at 3:30pm on Monday, April 12th.
Speaking about Virginia’s participation in this important memorial, Governor McDonnell noted, “Last week’s tragedy cost 29 West Virginians their lives. It shattered families and communities and our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have lost loved ones. In the aftermath of this devastating event, West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin has led his state with courage and empathy. Now, he has called for a moment of silence tomorrow to honor the fallen miners. I ask all Virginians to join in this observance and to continue to look for ways by which we can help our neighbors as they go through this tragic time.”