In conjunction with the project 2,996, I would like to honor the memory of Edward V. Rowenhorst. He was known as Eddie to his friends and family.
Eddie was a young man of 32 when he was murdered at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. He had two little daughters, Ashley and Kaitlyn, ages 7 and 3 when the tragedy took place. He also had a young wife, Traci, and a mother and father, Florence and Everett, who waited tirelessly outside the Pentagon for word of his fate. They did not receive confirmation of that fate until September 17.
Eddie was a civilian who worked for the Pentagon for 11 years. In the weeks following that horrible day, he was awarded the Defense of Freedom medal. It is a new medal that was created to honor the civilians who worked for the military and who were killed or injured in that capacity.
By all accounts Eddie was much loved and respected. You have only to see his legacy.com page to see that. He had a strong sense of family and who wouldn't with two beautiful daughters. He was a wonderful dad who would take his oldest daughter to work with him sometimes. It's such a special thing for a little girl and her daddy that I am sure makes his loss that much harder.
But it is a wonderful thing for which to be remembered. At the age of 32, he'd had his job with the Army for 11 years - since he was 21. It is obvious that he took his work quite seriously and had a beautiful family to show for it.
It's an example for us. He lived his life for the simple joys and that is how he will be known.
May he rest in peace, and may God bless his friends and family and give them strength on this most tragic anniversary.
Remember September 11, 2001
Defense of Freedom Medal