A crowd gathered on Sunday in Miners Memorial Park beside Drumheller Town Hall to pay tribute to some of the people who built this community.
The 2018 Miners Memorial Service was organized by staff at the Atlas Coal Mine National Historical Site.
"This took several years and a lot of very, very dedicated work from the staff of the Atlas Coal Mine," noted Executive Director Dr. Sarah Newstead. "In particular, Linda Digby, who used to be the executive director. She fund raised, she wrote grants, she got all of the communities together to bring this to fruition."
"We had a lot of support from the Town, a lot of support from the federal and provincial governments and a lot of support from the mining families as well, who really wanted to see this memorial happen," she continued. "I think it's really important that we remember the sacrifices that were made to make Drumheller what it is today."
During the late morning ceremony, the names of 207 men and boys who died in the Drumheller Valley's coal mines were read aloud.
"It's 207 that we've found so far; there's a reason that there's extra panels on this memorial. As we do more and more research more names are coming out of the records," added Newstead. "Prior to 1925 there wasn't comprehensive death records kept in the coal mines; a lot of them were very sort of casual, so we're finding names of those men, pre-1925, that we will eventually get engraved on the memorial."
Following Sunday's service in the park, attendees were invited to visit the Atlas Coal Mine for a reception and screening of the movie 'In My Bones' at the East Coulee School Museum.
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