April 25th, 2010
05:56 PM ET
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'We have been mourning with you,' Obama tells miners' families


President Obama and Vice President Biden attended a ceremony Sunday honoring 29 West Virginia miners lost during underground explosion earlier this month. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Beckley, West Virginia (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Sunday sought to comfort the loved ones of 29 workers killed in a mine explosion in West Virginia earlier this month, saying, "We have been mourning with you throughout these difficult days."

Delivering a eulogy at a memorial service for the fallen miners, Obama said, "We also keep in our thoughts the survivors who are recovering and resting at the hospital and at home."

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  1. Anonymous

    I just finished watching the memorial and I must say that it was touching and sympathetic for the families of those fallen miners. As the president said all of us are mourning their loss. The only thing that can start the heeling is time. May the good lord bless the family member.

    April 25, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. Dan

    It was a beautiful memorial and the president gave a fitting eulogy that was well intended and well recieved.
    Tonight when you turn on the lights to contradict the darkness, remember the 29 coal miners who gave their lives so you can live with the light.

    April 25, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. Jimbo (The real one)

    On days like this we are reminded that we are not Democrats, Republicans or Libertarians. We are Americans who mourn their dead and comfort their families...

    April 25, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |

    I agree with Obama. I am so sorry for all your grief, families of the miners who died. They were very brave men trying to fend for their families. An honorable monument should be placed in regards to the price these men made in just trying to do what was right to care for their family. Dear Lord I honor these men and I pray that you will open up your arms to gather them unto you for they died with honor, AMEN.

    April 25, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  5. Peggy Lucas

    This is the time all American's should be in prayer for the miners and their families in West Virginia. Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, we are all American's. The memorial service was touching and very memorable. The songs were beautiful and the spoken words were inspirational. I was proud to see our President and Vice President there to support the families. God Bless the United States of America! We are one nation under God!

    April 25, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  6. Peter

    Thank you for the eulogy MR PRESIDENT. This tragic event could have been prevented! Thank you for being the President for all America!!!

    April 25, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This was a beautiful ceremony that these families so deserve. God bless and keep them all and let's never forget the sacrifices they make everyday that impacts each of our lives.

    April 25, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    I saw the entire service and it was beautiful. God grant them strength while mourning.

    April 25, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Thank you President Obama for the poignant eulogy. Thanks for reminding us that, like the miners community, we all ( Americans) are a family.

    April 25, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  10. Shelly

    Thank you, President Obama, for the poignant and heartfelt eulogy. And reminding us that like the miners community , we Americans too , are a family, especially during these days of divisive political climate and heated rhetoric.

    April 25, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |