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Davis Day Rememberance

Eileen Romeo and Evelyn MacDougall

Many people in Cape Breton's mining communities are pausing today to remember those who were killed or injured underground.

June 11th is Miner's Memorial Day - or Davis Day - so named after William Davis, a miner in New Waterford who was shot and killed by coal company police during a bitter strike in 1925.

But it seems, every coal mining family has a story.

In Florence, two sisters remember what happened to their father in the mines, as though it was yesterday. George Carey died back in 1947.

Today, Eileen Romeo and Evelyn MacDougall held a ceremony at St. Stephen's Cemetery in Florence to pay tribute to him and to all coal miners.

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