November 13, 2009, marked a century since the tragedy at the Cherry Mine. Sunday, March 15, 2009, was the official day of remembrance in Cherry, and descendants from around the world gathered to commemorate our country's worst coal mine fire.
As part of the observance, a memorial built through contributions was dedicated next to the Cherry Library. Donors purchased pavers at $150 each, which were inscribed with names of miner ancestors, family names or greetings.
Detailed information regarding the project can be found on Ray Tutaj Jr.'s website.
Ray built the incredible scale model of the mine -- on display in the Cherry library -- and has an amazing website dedicated to the disaster.