Community & Students Remember Fallen Soldier


Morehead native Edward Earhart was remembered Monday during Patriot Day ceremonies in his hometown. Earhart was the only Kentuckian killed in the attacks and is counted as one of the first military members to die in the war on terror.

Earhart was a naval weather expert who was working in the Pentagon near the nation's capital when a hijacked plane crashed into it five years ago. A wreath was placed in his honor Monday morning at a memoril created in Morehead to remember the sailor.

Earhart's sister attended the service. His mother and six other members of his family were in Washington DC to attend a national memorial at the Pentagon. They're scheduled to meet with President Bush Monday night.

The family is trying to raise $5,000 to contribute to the Pentagon Memorial project, a two-acre memorial near the site of the attack on the west wall. It is expected to be completed by 2008.

An eastern Kentucky teacher also knew Earhart and says she'll never forget what happened on September 11, 2001.

Every student at Hindman Elementary marched with flags in hand to remember what happened on September 11th, 2001.

"It's just something tragic that happened to us all over the United States and not only to one county or state, but all over the United States and everybody should take a part of it," Tori Blair said.

"We want our children to be aware of what happened that day and to keep always in their hearts that the fact that the United States can always be a target but that we need to be united and be together and prepared for anything that might happen," Carole Combs said.

After returning to class, this anniversary was still on the hearts and minds of many.

Books were closed in one math class while students listened and asked questions about that day that is hard for some fifth graders to remember, but impossible for one teacher to forget.

"It's so important to remind them. I printed off all the names of the victims that died in the 9-11 attacks and it was kind of overwhelming for them when they saw all those names in red," Sandy Conley said.

Conley and her family knew Edward Earhart, the eastern Kentucky native killed in the pentagon five years ago.

These students also wrote letters and drew pictures to better understand how this date changed the way we live forever.

Mrs. Conley says that as long as she is a teacher she will take time out to remember and reflect on nine eleven.


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