Westray Disaster 25th Anniversary

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9 May 2017 marks a sad milestone in Canadian history. Twenty-five years ago, at 5:18 am an early morning explosion ripped through the Westray Coal Mine in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, killing an entire shift of 26 men.

11 bodies were never recovered. They remain entombed in the underground wreckage of the mine, now covered by a memorial park where a monument stands as a lasting tribute to all 26 sons, fathers, brothers, uncles and friends.

On May 9th, the NS Federation of Labour is holding several events including two memorials starting with a morning vigil to commemorate the Westray Mine Explosion. Participants will gather at Summer Street Industries in New Glasgow at 6:45 a.m. for a procession to the Westray Memorial Park where a service will begin at 7am.  In the evening there will be a reception at the Museum of Industry hosted by the NS Federation of Labour and a number of unions.

If you can make it to either event, do.

If you can't but one day find yourself in the area, make sure that you visit the Museum of Industry which will feature an exhibit, Remembering the Tragedy of Westray 25 Years Later until 25 June  2017.

More about the disaster and the Memorial can be found HERE.

Mourn, then organize.

  In Solidarity,
Derek Blackadder
LabourStart Canada


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