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Family of 9/11 victim donates personal items to museum

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  Family members of sailor Edward Earhart have plenty of items that give you a glimpse into his life.

"He was an aerographer, or meteorologist, for the Navy," says Andrea Stauter, Earhart's sister, as she's looking at his photograph.

Earhart's job would take him to the Pentagon. However, on September 11, 2001, his family says he was supposed to be on vacation, but he went to work at the Pentagon that day to help a co-worker.

"Someone was going from night shift to day shift, and my brother had said, 'I know how hard that is so I'm going to go in and help him. No big deal. It's going to be an easy day,'" recalled Andrea Stauter.

Earhart was inside the Pentagon when it was hit by a hijacked plane.

"My brother was 26 when he died," said Andrea Stauter. "It's heart-wrenching because I know so many people who were affected, and it's a hard thing."

Earhart's family doesn't want people to forget that day, or the people who lost their lives in the attacks.

They have donated some of Earhart's personal items to the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort.

It's their hope that they will one day be displayed in the museum with a collection of other memorabilia.

"This is the first set of items we received for somebody that perished in the 9/11 attack," says Bill Bright, a curator at the Kentucky Historical Society.

While the items are a tough reminder of what this family has been through, they're hoping they will educate people about the unforgettable attacks, and continue to keep Edward Earhart's memory alive.

"He was serving his country, and he loved his job," said Andrea Stauter. "There was nothing else I think he would rather be doing and my family is very proud of him."

Edward Earhart was from Rowan County. A special memorial service is being held for him at Morehead State University this Friday (September 9) at 9 a.m.

His family is also planning a special tribute on September 11.

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