Remembering 29 fallen miners (photos)


Chris Dorst
President Obama speaks to the thousands of people who gathered Sunday in the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center to remember the 29 miners who died April 5 in the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion.
Obama and Biden stand at the front of the convention center as West Virginia first lady Gayle Manchin reads the names of the 29 miners who died in the Upper Big Branch disaster.
Members of the Martin Luther King Jr. Male Chorus of Charleston sing "This Little Light of Mine" near the end of the service, as 29 candles were lit to honor the dead miners.
Family and friends of the fallen miners gather at the front of the convention center, including one with a memorial T-shirt.
Obama walks past photos of the fallen miners on his way to the podium to speak.
An emotional UMWA President Cecil Robert hugs family members at the service.
Family members turn to one another for support during the service.
Massey Energy chief executive Don Blankenship stands among members of a mine rescue team near the rear of the convention center.
Gov. Joe Manchin escorts miner family members to their seats at the service.
BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Thousands of people, including President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, members of West Virginia's federal and state delegations, and victims' family members, sang and prayed Sunday at a public memorial service here, remembering the 29 coal miners who died in the April 5 explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County.   
    
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