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
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 the Potomac.
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.
It's the Military, not the politicians that ensures our right to
life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It's the Military who
salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is
draped by the flag.
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
GOD BLESS OUR MILITARY
Sunday, January 20, 2013