Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will travel to West Virginia Sunday for a memorial service for the 29 miners who perished at Upper Branch mine, the White House Press spokesman said Monday.
Obama will deliver a eulogy at the memorial "honoring the lives of those who perished and offering his deepest condolences to the loved ones they left behind," Robert Gibbs said in a statement.
Last week, Obama ordered a review of mines with poor safety.
At the time he ordered the review, Obama blamed the explosion at Upper Branch mine on negligent management and lax regulation, saying the disaster was, "a failure first and foremost of management, a failure of oversight and a failure of laws so riddled with loopholes" that companies repeatedly violate safety regulations without penalty.
The April 5 blast was the worst U.S. mine disaster in nearly 40 years.