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Little-known story from 9/11/01

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Guest Carl Scholfield

This is a little-known story from the Pentagon on 09/11/2001:

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 the Potomac 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.

Pass this on to all your friends

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