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We Will Never Forget

Article - Saturday, April 23, 2011

For KPMG Washington National Tax Senior Administrative Assistant Myrna Gonzalez, the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon hit close to home. Her husband, Staff Sergeant Cesar Rodriguez, a Military Police officer, had been deployed to Bosnia for less than a month. Being a military spouse, and knowing many people who worked at the Pentagon, Myrna felt called to action. She has responded by helping raise money for the Pentagon Memorial Fund to honor the 59 passengers and 125 military and civilian personnel who lost their lives when American Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon that day.

 Myrna started coordinating fundraising in 2002 with Jeans Days, in which her KPMG colleagues donated $5 a piece for the privilege of wearing jeans to work. She then spearheaded the Washington, D.C., office’s “adoption” of numerous troops and platoons deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq, including several Infantry Divisions, the 1st Armored Division, 372nd Military Police Company, and the 324th Military Police Battalion. The office now sends phone cards and Army and Air Force Exchange Service Gift Cards, which soldiers can use to shop on base for necessities or niceties they may want.

In 2006, Myrna led the 9-11 Remembrance Committee. She started planning in January, formed her committee in February, and by April was ready to launch three major events: the raffling of six flags flown over the Pentagon on Flag Day, “Red, White, and Blue Jeans Day,” held before the 4th of July and on 9/11, and the sale of Pentagon Memorial t-shirts that she designed herself.

"This cause is near and dear to a lot of our hearts, and we’ll do what we can for the Pentagon Memorial Fund," Myrna says, noting that KPMG has helped raise close to $40,000 for it to date.