Eight years ago this day, Edward V. Rowenhorst kissed his wife – Traci- on the forehead as she slept, drove to work and settled in at his desk. Traci called him shortly after he got there, asked him how the traffic was (suburban DC traffic is wildly unpredictable, except it usually is slow), and what he’d like for dinner. It was a routine they rarely strayed from, so it seemed like just another morning.
Eddie worked as a civilian accountant and Management Information Systems guru for The Pentagon. He was one of 2,996 souls murdered in the terror attacks that day. His life was lived with what some described as “class”, others “dedication.”
From the memorial:
One of Edward Veld Rowenhorst’s favorite things to do was to take his 7-year-old daughter, Ashley, to his Pentagon office, whether it was for Take Our Daughters to Work Day or just to give his wife, Traci, a break at home.
He’d find an empty cubicle and give Ashley some crayons. One time, the two had a picnic lunch at the Washington Monument. The visits were part of the comfortable domestic routine embraced by Rowenhorst, 32, a civilian accountant for the Army.
“Ashley just loved going in,” Traci Rowenhorst recounted from her Prince William County home as she planned her husband’s memorial service. “Everyone in the office enjoyed kids. They were just a big family there.”
Here’s his youngest daughter, Kaitlyn, with her uncle at the DoD’s Family (Casualty) Assistance Center on September 16, awaiting word on Eddie’s status.
They received confirmation of death the following day.
RIP Edward V. Rowenhorst.
This is my contribution to Project 2,996 for 2009. Anyone who’d like to participate next year, and be assigned a victim to research and memorialize, should click that link now.