t was a moment of powerful emotion.
John Bova, 52, the former miner who lost his father in an unspeakable tragedy, yanks on a blue sheath as a crowd of 200 erupts in applause.
The cloth drops, unveiling a pristine, blue-and-gold historical marker, ensuring that John’s father, entombed miner Louis Bova, will never be forgotten.
A split-second later, John collapses to the ground in tears, completely surrendering to tension and perhaps exhaustion after years of shouldering an unforgiving load. Wife Bonnie Gold Bova rushes to his side.