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Marines in the Pentagon

A chaplain who happened to be assigned to the Pentagon told of an incident that happened right after Flight 77 hit the Pentagon on 9/11.

A daycare facility inside the Pentagon 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 and bundle the infants into their 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 disappointed director thought, “Well, here we are, on our own!”

Two minutes later, the same Marine returned, with 40 additional Marines in tow. Each crib was grabbed by a Marine, complete with child, while the remaining Marines began to round up the toddlers. The director and her staff helped them take all the children out of the center and down toward the park near the Potomac. Once they had traveled about 3/4s of a mile outside the building, the Marines stopped in the park and formed a circle with the cribs, similar to the covered wagons of the Old West. The toddlers were then placed inside the crib circle to keep them from getting lost.

Outside this circle, the 40 Marines formed a perimeter around the children and waited for instructions. Here they remained until the children’s parents could be notified and come for them.

The chaplain stated, “I don’t think any of us saw, nor heard, of this on any of the news stories that day. It was an incredible story of our men there. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room. The thought of those Marines, what they did and how quickly they did so – 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.”

Never Forget . . .

It’s the Military (all branches), not the politicians, which ensures our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

It’s the Military (all branches) who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag.

If you care to offer even the smallest token of recognition and appreciation for the military, please pray for our men and women in uniform, who have served or are currently serving our country, and pray for the families of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.

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