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Ludlow Massacre remembered 100 years later

By Michelle San Miguel, Multimedia Journalist - Pueblo Chieftain Bureau/Telemundo Anchor, michelle.sanmiguel@krdo.com
Published On: Apr 20 2014 11:23:41 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 20 2014 11:27:07 PM CDT

Ludlow Massacre remembered 100 years later

LUDLOW, Colo. -

A Greek Orthodox Easter Service was held Sunday to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre.

People gathered in Ludlow to remember the more than 20 people who were killed during the strike. Among the deceased were Linda Linville's great-aunt and uncle.

"It has given me a lot of peace and mostly hope that the memory of Ludlow won't be lost to history," Linville said.

Linville traveled from California to attend the ceremony in Ludlow, about 70 miles south of Pueblo. She lost five relatives during the massacre. 

"I'm here to honor their memory and what they sacrificed," she said.

Al Sanchez's grandfather, whom he was named after, also fought in Ludlow; he lived to tell the story. "The labor movement of America basically sprouted here," Sanchez said.

Sunday's service commemorated a century since a deadly attack by the Colorado National Guard and Colorado Fuel and Iron Company against striking coal miners and their families. Miners went on strike to demand fair wages, shorter working hours and safer work conditions. 

Jim Peros' father was among the strikers who survived. "It was again a struggle for human dignity and human respect that didn't exist," he said.

Ludlow is a ghost town. Sunday's crowd of more than 100 people will likely the largest one the town sees all year. But relatives of those killed in Ludlow have faith their family history won't be lost.

"I now have hope that no one will ever forget Ludlow," Linville said.

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