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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

GU Honors Fallen Soldier

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY NEWS RELEASE
Dale Goodwin, Director of Public Relations
Peter Tormey, Associate Director
September 6, 2006
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GU TO HONOR FALLEN SOLDIER, HIS FAMILY,

COMRADES AND THOSE IN HARM’S WAY SEPT. 11


Gonzaga University will pay tribute to 1st Lt. Forrest Ewens, a 2004 graduate of Whitworth College and a member of Gonzaga’s ROTC Bulldog Battalion, at noon Monday, Sept. 11 at the University Chapel on the third floor of the Gonzaga Administration Building .

Ewens was killed in mid-June by an improvised bomb while leading his soldiers in a rugged roadless area in the Kunar Province of Eastern Afghanistan. He is survived by his wife, Megan Jagelski Ewens, a 2003 Gonzaga alumna and member of the Bulldog Battalion, as well as his brothers Oaken, Eli and Stephen and his parents Michael and Carol Ewens. Scheduled to attend the ceremony are Ewens’ parents, Megan Jagelski Ewens, and Ewens’ brother Eli.

At the same service on Sept. 11, Gonzaga will offer support for Ewens’ family and friends and pay tribute to all members of the Bulldog Battalion, U.S. armed services worldwide, and the U.S. firefighters and law enforcement personnel who have put themselves in harm’s way. Rev. Rick Ganz, S.J., director of University Ministry at Gonzaga, will lead the service.

Preceding the Gonzaga ceremony, Whitworth will hold a service honoring Ewens at 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Seeley G. Mudd Chapel.

A memorial service for Ewens was held June 22 at the Peninsula Christian Fellowship Church in Gig Harbor , Wash. A military service was held for the fallen soldier at Fort Drum , N.Y. , and he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery .

The Forrest Ewens Scholarship Fund has been established to honor Ewens’ memory and dedication to his country. The scholarship is being established to assist Gonzaga and Whitworth ROTC students. Please submit contributions to the Forrest Ewens Scholarship Fund, c/o Sheri Fitzthum, Gonzaga University , 502 E. Boone Ave. , Spokane , WA 99258-0098 .

For more information, please contact Dale Goodwin at (509) 323-6133.

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