Work is also beginning on a permanent memorial in memory of the 29 miners who died following the Apr. 5 explosion at the Montcoal mine.
Two official gatherings have been planned for Tuesday afternoon. One will be open to the public, while the second is for families and invited guests only.
The Beckley-Raleigh Chamber of Commerce is planning a 3 p.m. public service at the First Christian Church in Beckley in honor of the lost miners.
A separate, closed service will be held three hours later at the Whitesville Elementary School where miners' families, first responders, mine rescue teams and government officials will come together to remember those who were lost.
The Beckley chamber is asking residents to wear stripes like those on a coal miner's uniform on Tuesday as part of the memorial.
At 10 a.m., the Raleigh County Commission will sign a proclamation to erect a historical marker on the courthouse lawn as a memorial for the tragedy.
The first memorial will start with a 1 minute, 29 second countywide moment of silence. Businesses and residents have been asked to shut off their lights during that time to represent a "blackout."
Simultaneously, the chamber has coordinated with local churches to begin ringing their bells to mark the ceremony.
The church service will include a scripture reading, prayer, and special musical. The list of speakers and musicians was not finalized as of Thursday.
According to project coordinator Mick Bates, the event was initially designed to be a small, quiet affair on the courthouse lawn, but because of the massive amount of support and interest the group received, they decided to move it to the First Christian Church.
"Because of response, this has become a much more substantial event," Bates said.
"We've been somewhat overwhelmed with people's interest and enthusiasm to mark this date. It's really been very impressive the response we've had within the community to make this difficult day special.
"We all feel that we need to come together in some way and show those who are still living on that we're still with them and we're still united with them in this loss."
Due to limited seating at Whitesville Elementary, the general public has not been invited for the 6 p.m. service.
However, the public can view it live at www.facesofthemine.com.
In addition to the live streaming video of the event, the website team also will be taking photos and additional video that will be posted online at a later date, said Paige Lavender, one of three West Virginia University students in charge of the website.
Following the service, there will be a candlelight vigil in Whitesville that is open to the public. That is slated to begin at 8 p.m. at the temporary gazebo memorial along Coal River Road.
Beyond the one-year anniversary events, residents and families are working toward establishing a permanent memorial to honor the fallen Upper Big Branch miners.
Last week, the Upper Big Branch Mining Memorial Group unveiled the design for a permanent memorial to be located in Whitesville where a temporary memorial gazebo currently stands.
Group vice president Mike Gwinn said the granite memorial will be nearly 50 feet long and up to nine feet tall. The front will feature etched silhouettes of the 29 miners above the biblical passage, "Come to me, all you who labor, and I will give you rest.
The back will feature the victims' names, a history of coal mining and a tribute to all miners.
Gwinn said the semi-private area surrounding the memorial will be designed to allow people to sit and reflect.
"We hope the memorial stands as a lasting tribute to the lives lost at UBB and a historical marker to one of the worst mining disasters in West Virginia history," Gwinn said.
Chapman Technical Group in St. Albans designed the memorial. Gwinn said his group is going to begin the process of soliciting donations for the $500,000 needed to build the memorial in the coming weeks.
Contact writer Jared Hunt at email@example.com or 304-348-5148.
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