Coal Miner Praised For Passionate US National Anthem Performance

StoryfulNewsPublished: October 15, 2017Updated: October 17, 2017
Published: October 15, 2017Updated: October 17, 2017

A miner in America has been filmed passionately singing the national anthem before his October 10 shift in a clip which has been shared widely online. This footage shows Josh Stowers performing the Star-Spangled Banner at the Mammoth Coal Company, West Virginia. The clip focuses on Stowers while his colleagues stand with their heads bowed, eyes closed and hands over their hearts. The video was shared on Facebook by Stowers’ colleague Shane Wriston, a safety worker at Alpha Natural Resources, which owns Mammoth Coal. Wriston told Storyful he did not share the video in response to the recent NFL kneeling debate, despite writing the caption: “There is no kneeling in this bath house …… we have daily Safety Meeting before every shift before these guys go Underground, and we appreciate josh volunteering to sing after the meeting, thanks Josh Stowers #singingcoalminer. (sic)” Wriston said Stowers had requested to perform a song for his colleagues after singing it live on a local radio station the day before. “Josh wanted to sing as he had visited a radio station the day before to sing live on the air; we had no idea what he was going to sing. Pretty awesome voice he has though (sic),” he said. Credit: Facebook/Shane Wriston via Storyful

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