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Coal Miner Goes Viral After Singing National Anthem Before Heading Underground

Coal miners in West Virginia are showing tantrum-throwing NFL players what it means to respect the country that gave them everything.

Shane Wriston posted a video of coal miners gathering prior to their shift that day. One of the men, Josh Stowers, sings the national anthem before they head underground and work begins.

“There is no kneeling in this bath house,” Wriston writes. “We have daily Safety Meeting before every shift before these guys go Underground , and we appreciate josh volunteering to sing after the meeting.”

And man, did Stowers nail the delivery ….


The ‘kneeling’ reference is a clear shot at the NFL and their players continuing disrespect for the national anthem.

Earlier we covered Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews, an Obama worshipper who said he’d quit playing football if the league implemented a rule that players must stand for the anthem.

Perhaps he could find a job at the same coal mine if he ends up out of work. No wait, that won’t work. They actually have respect for their country.


Wriston and Stowers work for the Mammoth Coal in Mammoth, West Virginia, according to Fox 46 in Charlotte.

Stowers said he began the national anthem tradition because several of his fellow coal miners are former military members.

“I wanted everybody to feel close together as a whole family right then and there,” he said. “A bunch of guys I work with have past military experience and I knew that song would hit them real hard and make them feel comfortable.”

“They could’ve had a bad day at that time, and that song would put them over the edge and make them feel better about themselves,” he added.

The video of Stowers singing sure made several others ‘feel better.’ Response to the video has been overwhelmingly positive.


As of posting, the video has been shared nearly 10,000 times.

What do you think of the coal miner’s version of the national anthem? Share your thoughts below!

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Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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