Easter service marks Colorado massacre centennial

Created: 04/20/2014 11:01 AM
By: Mike Anderson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

TRINIDAD, Colo. (AP) - Descendants of striking miners and their families killed during a battle and fire in southern Colorado a century ago are gathering for a traditional Greek Orthodox Easter service to mark the anniversary.
The outdoor service on Sunday afternoon at the scene of the Ludlow Massacre will be very similar to the one the miners shared in 100 years ago.
On April 20, 1914 - which fell the day after Easter - a battle broke out between the Colorado National Guard and the miners. Eight people were killed, including Greek union leader Louis Tikas. Eleven children and two women died in a fire that broke out during the violence. What became known as the Ludlow Massacre drew national attention to a long running strike and eventually helped lead to labor reforms.

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