Saturday, August 8, 2009

Honoring the Past

Tomorrow, Sunday, August 9, is Coal Miners' Day in Olyphant.

The statue, which you see above, will be formally dedicated. A concrete wall and plaque are also going up here, along the Lackawanna River.

The ceremony starts at 2:00 PM. There's a concert an hour later, followed by snacks at the American Legion.

I've long thought we've dwelled a bit too much on our mining past, at the expense of our future. There's an art to the whole thing. It's important to recognize what put our region on the map, but it's even more important to move forward. The goings-on in Olyphant are a good way to do that.

Stop by if you're in the neighborhood. Everything is free.