Obama to Honor Fallen Miners

President will deliver eulogy

By Kelvin Robinson
|  Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010  |  Updated 11:16 PM EDT
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Obama to Honor Fallen Miners

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President Barack Obama will be in West Virginia this weekend to deliver a eulogy for the 29 miners who were killed in a coal mine explosion earlier this month.

The White House said both the president and Vice President Joe Biden will attend a memorial service for the men on Sunday.

The memorial will also include musical performances, prayers, tributes and remarks from clergy. Gov. Joe Machin said it will be a chance for the state to pay its respects to the 29 miners who died and the two who were injured.

The blast at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh County is the nation's worst coal mine disaster in 40 years.

Since the explosion, Obama has pushed for a sweeping review of mine safety records. He's also called for stricter mining laws. Separately, a Charleston law firm representing Adam Morgan, one of the victims, said it's requested that the Mine Safety and Health Administration conduct a public hearing, requiring witnesses to testify.

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