Sent to me by a friend. I have no idea of the verasity of this story, but it makes you feel good.
During a visit with a fellow chaplain, who happened to be assigned
to the Pentagon, I had a chance to hear a first-hand account of an
incident that happened right after Flight 77 hit the Pentagon.
The chaplain told me what happened at a daycare center near where
the impact occurred. This daycare had many children, including
infants who were in heavy cribs. The daycare supervisor, looking at
all the children they needed to evacuate, was in a panic over what
they could do. There were many children, mostly toddlers, as well
as the infants that would need to be taken out with the cribs.
There was no time to try to bundle them into carriers and
strollers. Just then a young Marine came running into the center
and asked what they needed. After hearing what the center director
was trying to do, he ran back out into the hallway and disappeared.
The director thought, 'Well, here we are-on our own.'
About 2 minutes later, that Marine returned with 40 other Marines
in tow. Each of them grabbed a crib with a child, and the rest
started gathering up toddlers. The director and her staff then
helped them take all the children out of the center and down toward
the park near thePotomac and the Pentagon. Once they got about 3/4
of a mile outside the building, the Marines stopped in the park,
and then did a fabulous thing - they formed a circle with the
cribs, which were quite sturdy and heavy, like the covered wagons
in the Old West. Inside this circle of cribs, they put the
toddlers, to keep them from wandering off. Outside this circle were
the 40 Marines, forming a perimeter around the children and waiting
for instructions. There they remained until the parents could be
notified and come get their children.
The chaplain then said, "I don't think any of us saw nor heard of
this on any of the news stories of the day. It was an incredible
story of our men there. There wasn't a dry eye in the room. The
thought of those Marines and what they did and how fast they
reacted; could we expect any less from them? It was one of the most
touching stories from the Pentagon."
Remember Ronald Reagan's great compliment: "Most of us wonder if
our lives made any difference. Marines don't have that problem."
God Bless the USA , our troops, and you.
If you care to offer the smallest token of recognition and
appreciation for the military, please pass this on and pray for our
men and women who have served and are currently serving our country
and pray for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.
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