13th Annual Coal Miners’ Appreciation Day

By: Amanda Price Email
By: Amanda Price Email

More than 200 people came together in Harlan County to celebrate coal miners at the 13th Annual Coal Miners’ Appreciation Day.

Many say they wouldn't trade the years they spent in the coal mines for anything.

Hal Woods, a former coal miner says, “I liked coal mining and I'm a second generation. My dad worked here 42 years and now my son is a third generation, he works here now. So we've been coal miners for a long time.”

Hal woods spent 25 years working the coal mines in Lynch

Robert Collier, Mayor of Lynch says, “Coal miners are coal miners no matter where they're from and they all face imminent danger every time they go underground or even on the outside and we just want to pay homage to them.”

So every year in October, one day is set aside for the men and women who work so hard in an industry that's so demanding.

The coal miners tell us they worked everyday together to fill these locomotives up with coal but they say they weren't just a team, they were family.

Woods says, “What it is, is so close corners and you got so big equipment, you got to know where all your people is and everything so won't get anybody hurt or killed.”

Many coal miners say simply, it was just a job, but know they're work helps fuel Eastern Kentucky and the nation.

Lynch’s Mayor says, “We're going to show we're true Americans and we're proud to be coal miners and retired coal miners.”

Officials say when the new portal 31 museum opens in Lynch, it will help recognize and appreciate coal miners.

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  • by Gary Sturgill Location: Winston Salem NC on Oct 14, 2008 at 01:52 PM
    Thanks for the publicity concerning Lynch and the coal mining industry. I am hopeful this effort on your part will help expedite efforts to make Portal 31 a reality. My father was a coal miner, we go back every year to Lynch to honor their efforts to bring coal to the domestic and foreign markets.
  • by Chelsea Location: LC on Oct 13, 2008 at 07:35 AM
    I think this is great, because they really do work hard. My dad works in the coal mines and he works very hard for his family. They are truely heroes. Without them we wouldn't have heat or anything.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 12, 2008 at 12:29 AM
    I think this is a GREAT thing. So many people down our coal miners and they have one of the hardest, if not the hardest, job around. My husband has been in the mines for 20 years, my dad for 40 years and my grandfather for 40 years. These men are very hard-working and risk their lives to give us all the luxuries we have. GOD BLESS OUR COAL MINERS!!!!!
  • by William Location: seky on Oct 12, 2008 at 12:08 AM
    So Harlan Co is starving and no jobs...I have a question where is all that millions of tons of coal going and who is getting the money ...Its not the people of Harlan Co Coal is made in to electricity who is getting rich ? Not the people of SEKY in the past 50 years when you sit at a rail way crossing with your car full of hungry kids maybe a lump of coal might fall of and you can sale it or take it home and burn it in a coal stove for heat.
  • by Stan Location: Harlan on Oct 11, 2008 at 06:00 PM
    Are there a video of the 13th Annual Coal Miner's Appreciation Day Event?
  • by melinda Location: kentucky on Oct 11, 2008 at 05:26 PM
    i have a deep respect for our coal miners, my dad worked for blue diamond and golden oak in knott and perry county for years, when i was younger i would worry about him and he would tell me i have to go. he finally retired and we moved to mount sterling, everytime theres an explosion or cave-in, my heart stops. we use to sit and listen for that on the news. no one knows how special time is until they have been there. so i say thank you and be careful.
  • by me on Oct 11, 2008 at 05:12 PM
    their work


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