Remembering the miners...
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My name is Geralyn LeBlanc. My father was Emile Le Blanc, one of the 18 miners killed in the Cane Creek Mine disaster.

On behalf of my mother, brother, sister and many family members I would like to thank Kim Mele for organizing the 50th anniversary Cane Creek Mine disaster event. Meeting the survivors, the wives, widows, and the families was a very healing event. Many families traveled from far away to see where their fathers had perished.

To the men presently working at the mine today, thank you! You made us feel welcome; you attended the memorial service and took care of the things we left in memory of our fathers. That was very kind. You even said you would like to erect a monument one day at the site in memory of the miners.

To everyone who attended, it was a pleasure to meet you. We will keep in touch.

The only thing that saddens me is that the officials of the town did not feel it was important enough to attend. It seemed as if you were not directly affected by the event you would not know it ever took place.

My mother always spoke about how wonderful the people of Moab were to all the widows and children during the days following the disaster. For that, we thank you. I do hope that people never forget the great men who survived as well as perished in the Cane Creek mining disaster.

—Geralyn Le Blanc

Windsor, Ontario, Canada

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