This year’s William Davis Miners’ Memorial Day service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Miner’s Monument on Foord Street in Stellarton.
The day originated when coal miner William Davis was shot and killed during a work protest near New Waterford, N.S., on June 11, 1925. The events that happened that day inspired the coal miners into solidarity in their battle for safe workplace standards, fair wages and compensation. Davis Day has evolved over the years to a day of remembrance for all Nova Scotia miners who lost their lives working in coal mines trying to support their families.
The Miner’s Monument is a fitting place to have the memorial service as it lists the names of over 200 men who lost their lives in the coal mines of Stellarton. It contains only those names of men killed in disasters; accidents claiming one victim are not recorded here.
Stellarton and Pictou County have a rich coal-mining history and it’s important that we remember our roots and those men who gave so much to our community, said event organizer Judith MacLellan. People need to remember not only those miners who died in the coal mines, but those who lived with the scars of their dangerous work environments, she said.
“We need to celebrate and acknowledge the accomplishments and positive changes these miners have made in all our work environments and communities,” said MacLellan. “I hope that people come out to honour the miners who built Pictou County into the community it is today. It is a time to say thank you and that we remember.”