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6 years 3 days ago, 6:26 PM


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Green Valley, Free State of Arizona, United States

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.

6 years 3 days ago, 6:47 PM


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To little credit is given to our service people, to protect and serve no matter what the circumstance. GOD bless them all!!!!

6 years 3 days ago, 6:58 PM


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Brigadier General
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Sometimes it becomes easy to forget the tenderness that our forces bring to us. There is more love there than is shown. There is more consideration of duty given , and there is a greater host of honor than is recognized. Thank you Vets of today and yesterday.

Which way are my people going? I have to lead them there!
6 years 2 days ago, 11:09 PM

greg az

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Secretary of Homeland Security
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Oct 2009
New York, NY, Ascension Island

Ths is a hard one to talk about after what happened, but i think we need to.. We honestly care, guessing half of us are vets, and ALL of us care about vet issues.. We can't let the actions of one indidvidual effect the hard won respect our veterans now have.. At the same time think this goes to the stress th\at multipule deploymenets cause..

Their comming out of the woodwork on this guy.. I've heard every story about every dirty look he's ever given anyone. Heres the fact.. he's no kid 38years old.. he's a father.. and a non com.. They've made a big deal about how he was "passed over" for first Sgt.. good grief.. thats not that unusual.. Nothing i've seen leads me to believe he wasn't a pro.. a pro on his fourth tour, and one who was present the day before when a friend had his leg blown off..

Thought about this a lot.. 9 kids were killed, 7 more adults.. This isn't something a Dad could do, and not something anyone who's sane could do.. I'm no bleading heart liberal who sees a mental deffense behind every crime.. I NEVER see a mental deffense.. If this one doesn't meet the standards of being insane at the time, i don't know what does.. His life will never be the same.. WE did the right thing by getting him out of theater asap.. but now what..

I don't like the dog and pony show were going to see from a laywer who has an ego the size of Alaska.. but also this might make us face some facts.. Weve (o has) given everyone a date that were leaving.. that just made the sittuation impossible.. The troops were training are NOT capable of holding back the taliban.. and soon as were gone in 14 their going to take over.. Is this war that most feel is not winnable something thats worth ONE more American life.. Not in my book..

a man has to hold his word, hold his beliefs, and hold a good sight picture.

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