Coal miners have a history of loyal patriotism. When the politicians in power support their industry, that loyalty is tenacious. As Donald Trump has promised a revitalization of the industry, he’s enjoying a groundswell of support from miners and their unions. And when the nation needed a reminder of patriotism, one small group of miners delivered.
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The video is simple. It was posted to Facebook by Shane Wriston and shows another miner, Josh Stowers, singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the miners gathered to descend into the mine for the day.
“There is no kneeling in this bath house …… we have daily Safety Meeting before every shift before these guys go Underground , and we appreciate Josh volunteering to sing after the meeting,” the post reads.
The men work for Mammoth Coal in Mammoth, WV. The state has a long history of mining.
It also has a long history of poverty. When the coal industry is threatened, these men and women have few other options.
“I wanted everybody to feel close together as a whole family right then and there,” Stowers told Fox. “A bunch of guys I work with have past military experience and I knew that song would hit them real hard and make them feel comfortable. They could’ve had a bad day at that time, and that song would put them over the edge and make them feel better about themselves.”