National Miners Day
December 6 is National Miners Day, designated by Congress to honor the mine workers of today and yesterday, whose contributions have helped make America strong.
Mining has a long and proud tradition in the United States which continues to this day. About 366,000 miners today extract nearly 100 different kinds of minerals from the earth, including coal, gold, copper, silver, granite, limestone, granite, salt, gravel, and many more. They work in every one of the fifty states, and provide the raw materials for heat, electricity, roads and bridges, and countless consumer products, from electronics to cosmetics. Even toothpaste is composed of minerals obtained by miners.
Read the full article and view the video and photo gallery from the Mine Safety and Health Administration.