A Kentucky hero is being honored for some of his many accomplishments in life nearly twelve years after his death. Edward Earhart was killed in the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon.
Edward’s nephew is two-years-old now, almost old enough to understand more about the uncle he is named for. Last week, Andrea Earhart Stauter went to get the mail just like any other day, but this time she was greeted with a letter from the Demolay Organization, which she read aloud to her family.
“It says, ‘It’s my greatest pleasure to advise you your brother Edward Earhart has been nominated and elected in the Kentucky Demolay Hall of Fame,” says Andrea.
The letter was unexpected, but it was a wonderful surprise.
“Thanks to your brother Edward for his service to humanity and making this a better world,” reads Andrea from the letter.
It’s been more than a decade since the 9/11 attacks, and Andrea got emotional reading the letter.
“It took a minute. I kind of got choked up, because sometimes you think people forget,” she says. “It’s exciting too. It was first humbling.”
The Navy meteorologist was the first known [Pentagon] casualty of the terror attacks. But before that horrible day, Earhart was making a difference in Rowan County. He was a leader inspiring young people in the Cave Run Chapter of DeMolay, a Masonic group. He was one of only two people nationally inducted into the Hall of Fame this year.
The banquet takes place July 12th at the DeMolay Conclave in Jabez, Kentucky which is in Russell County.