Chilean miners honored in ceremony, football game

Rescued miners raise Chilean flags presented by Chile's President Sebastian Pinera

SANTIAGO, Chile—Thirty-three miners rescued after 69 days underground have been given a heroes’ welcome at Chile’s national palace.

The men were honored in a ceremony Monday by President Sebastian Pinera, who personally welcomed each one to the surface during the dramatic rescue.

Six rescuers who descended to the depths of the mine to prepare them for the ascent in a narrow capsule were also commended.

Clad in dark suits, the miners greeted a cheering crowd outside La Moneda palace. They later played a football match against a presidential team including Pinera.

The men were trapped in the San Jose mine following a tunnel collapse Aug. 5. They were extracted two weeks ago in a rescue operation broadcast live around the world.

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