||I have always had a strong sense of community and I believe that people from coal mining communities share an especially strong emotional bond. But the sense of community goes beyond the bond that is coal. It is being a part of a larger group, and with that, comes a sense of responsibility. I feel responsible to do the things I am capable of doing to make my community a better place. It is that sense of community and responsibility that has compelled me to form a non-profit organization to raise funding for the construction of a permanent memorial to the lives lost at the Upper Big Branch Coal Mine on April 5th, 2010.
Our goal is to secure $500,000 to build a lasting tribute to the 29 men that perished in the UBB disaster and create a surrounding plaza that will provide a solemn place for family members and the community to reflect and to heal. It is my hope that many of you include yourselves as a member of our community. To complete this project we will need the support of everyone who was affected by this tragedy. With your assistance we can make this proposed memorial a reality. Please consider joining in support of this worthwhile project. Thank you.
– Sheila Combs, President of Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial Group, Inc.
The Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial Group, Inc., would like to thank the following organizations for their generous contributions: