A somber yet passionate President Barack Obama was enthusiastically cheered for his eulogy here Sunday in which he honored the 29 coal miners killed in the Upper Big Branch mine explosion on April 5 and vowed to try to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.
“These miners lived and died in pursuit of the American dream. … We cannot bring back those 29 miners we lost. They are with the Lord in heaven.
“Our task here on earth is to keep lives from being lost again,” Mr. Obama said during his 15-minute eulogy at the “Hope and Healing” memorial service held in the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.