Friday, August 22, 2014

Forever Young

Lisa L. Young spent the final fifteen years of her life working at the Pentagon.  In 1986, she took - and passed - a civil service exam and began a job that she loved as a Personnel Assistant.  Thirty-seven years old, born and raised in Washington, D.C., she felt more than a small measure of pride at having landed the position that she did.

Almost as much pride as she did in the accomplishments and exploits of her daughter Chaquita, who was one month shy of her eighteenth birthday when her mom was murdered on the morning of September 11, 2001.    Chaquita had just started her freshman year in college when her Mom died.  The two were inseparable - each other's best friend.  It took authorities a little bit more than a month to identify Lisa Young's remains.  The official notification of her death was made to Chaquita on or about her 18th birthday.  If there is any crueler way in which to be officially welcomed to the adult world, I confess I am at a loss as to what it might be.

Donald McArthur Young was forty-one years old when he died at the Pentagon on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.  Chief of Naval Operations Information Systems Technician Young was one week shy of his forty-second birthday on the morning he was killed.  Chief Young served this nation with distinction in the Persian Gulf War.  During his time in the United States Navy he was awarded numerous medals.

Chief Young was survived by his wife of fourteen years, Felicia, as well as five sisters, a brother and countless nieces and nephews.  Chief Young is buried in the company of heroes at Arlington National Cemetery.

Edmond G. Young, Jr. was only twenty-two years old when he was killed on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001 at the Pentagon.  He was working that morning on a General's computer, which was something he did as part of his job as a Desktop Support Technician for BTG, Inc., which had transferred him to the Pentagon several months before the September 11 attacks to support the DCSPER Army Division.  He was the only son of Margaret and Edmond G. Young, Sr. and as if the loss of their only son was not more tragedy than his parents should have ever been called upon to bear, he was not the first of their children who they buried.  Edmond's sister Michele predeceased him.

In addition to being survived by his parents, all four grandparents, two sisters and countless aunts, uncles and cousins, Mr. Young was survived by his son.  His little boy, Stephan, was a little more than four years old at the time of Mr. Young's death.  


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