The daycare facility inside the Pentagon had many children, including infants in heavy cribs. The daycare supervisor looked at all the children needing to be evacuated and was in a panic over what could be done. Most of the children were toddlers, with a number of infants as well who would need to be taken out with the cribs. There was no time to try and bundle the infants into their carriers and strollers.
As despair began to set in for the supervisor, a young Marine came running into the center and asked what they needed. After hearing the center director description of what they were 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, this 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 to take all the children out of the center and toward the park near the Potomac. Arriving at the park about 3/4s of a mile outside the building, the Marines stopped and then 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. Here they remained until the children’s parents could be notified and came to get 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 was not 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!”
It is the military (all branches), not the politicians, who ensure our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
It is the military (all branches) who salute the flag, serve beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag.
God Bless the USA and our troops!