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Governor Huntsman Calls for a "Celebration of Heroes"

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Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Governor Huntsman Calls for a "Celebration of Heroes"

Community Gathering in Huntington set for Sept. 15

Governor Jon Huntsman is helping to organize a community gathering event, "A Celebration of Heroes" to celebrate the mining communities in Emery and Carbon counties. The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 15 at Canyon View Junior High in Huntington.

"It's important for the families and the community to have a time to reflect on and give tribute to the heroic miners, the rescuers and the families affected by this terrible tragedy," Governor Huntsman said. "But we also must come together to rise above the challenges. In times like these we must celebrate the heroes."

Country music artist Collin Raye will headline the event and former Utah Jazz player Karl Malone will be part of the program.

Huntington resident Gary Arrington will chair the event. He is being assisted by Shannon Hiatt, who is the chairman of the Emery County Recreation Board and Huntington Mayor Hilary Gordon as well as many other volunteers.

"The families of the missing miners and all of the mine rescuers have endured so much heartache and pain while the rest of Utah and the nation have grieved for the same losses from a distance," Governor Huntsman said. "All of the people in Utah have felt drawn to the families during the past three weeks. I hope we can use this and other upcoming events as a time to reflect both on the heroes among us and those lost."

Tickets will not be required, but donations to go toward the families will be welcome.

More details for the event will be announced when they are finalized.

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