Chilean miners, rescuers touring LA
Los Angeles, California – The miners who survived 69 days in a Chilean mine landed in Los Angeles, California, yesterday morning for their first group tour to the country since being freed last month.
The group and five of their rescuers were in the nation’s second-largest city to attend “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,” which will air worldwide on Thanksgiving evening, November 25. Organisers invited them as special guests.
The Los Angeles police department gave the miners’ entourage a motorcycle escort from Los Angeles International Airport to a downtown hotel.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa greeted the group at the hotel with the traditional Spanish saying of “mi casa es su casa,” or my house is your house.
“The entire world was watching the success of your rescue,” Villaraigosa told the group.
Before arriving in Los Angeles, the group made a brief stopover at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, where the miners signed flags. One signed “Corazon de Minero,” which means heart of a miner. (CNN)