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

Sunday, January 01, 2012

A chaplain, who happened to be assigned to the Pentagon, shared a first-hand account of an incident that happened right after Flight 77 hit the Pentagon. The chaplain told 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 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.

None of this was on any of the news stories of the day. It was an incredible story of our men there. The thought of those Marines and what they did and how fast they reacted; could we expect any less from them? It is one of the most touching stories from the Pentagon.

  
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SUNSHINE65 8/7/2012 11:44PM

    EGAMER is correct...no burly Marines helped evacuate the kids. One father, Col. William Stoppel, of the National Guard, stopped by to check on his son when he heard of the New York attacks. He was involved in evacuating the kids. His cubicle was destroyed in a direct hit by Flight 77. Park Rangers showed up a couple of hours later and did form a ring around the kids, until they could be transported by an empty tour bus to a Virginia DoT facility to await their parents. Apparently the burly Marine story arose from the Park Rangers, but it didn't circulate until 2008. And it wasn't reported in the news because it didn't happen.

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EGAMER 8/7/2012 10:32AM

  This is a good story but there is no substantiation anywhere. The author deserves an award for best 9/11 fiction.

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 1/2/2012 6:34PM

    What a wonderful story of our heroes. Thank you for sharing it.

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CJSARGENT1 1/2/2012 6:31PM

    what a great story of strength, duty and love. Thank you for sharing

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AQUAGIRL08 1/2/2012 4:39PM

    What a touching story. My daughter works at the Pentagon. You'll be happy to hear that many changes in security have happened there since 9/11. One change in particular is that the day care now has it's own security entrance/exit. This is good news for those of us who lived in the area during 9/11 and had safety concerns for the little ones. The entire Washington, D.C. Metro area was a scary place for us to live in back then. I'm glad I moved in 2003!

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TUTUNAN 1/2/2012 2:03PM

    A great tribute to the Marines .

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GRANDMA624 1/2/2012 10:47AM

  That is a great story. Whenever I hear stories like that about our military, it brings tears to my eyes. God Bless them. emoticon

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ALICERIEGER 1/2/2012 7:33AM

    Why is it great stories of the goodness of our military never makes the news? I'm so glad you shared this with us. Thank you.

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NAYPOOIE 1/2/2012 1:07AM

    great story

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HEALTHYSLIM2 1/1/2012 11:59PM

    Great story of what it means to be a true hero - acting quickly and selflessly to save the lives of children!
God bless each and every one of those marines!

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HELEN_BRU 1/1/2012 11:27PM

    Wonderful story! Sorry it didn't get the publicity it should have.

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DIDMIS 1/1/2012 11:03PM

    My husband was a marine. They go through rigorous training. I am glad to hear that story. Thank you.

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MARYB73 1/1/2012 10:57PM

    I had not heard that, either, but I think I can believe it of our Marines.

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ECONLADY 1/1/2012 10:55PM

    I had never heard that story. Thank you for sharing!

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A New Year's Wish

Saturday, December 31, 2011

On New Year's Eve, Marilyn stood up in the local pub and said that it was time to get ready. At the stroke of midnight, she wanted every husband to be standing next to the one person who made his life worth living.

Well, it was kind of embarrassing. As the clock struck - the bartender was almost crushed to death.

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GRANDMA624 1/2/2012 10:49AM

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NAYPOOIE 1/1/2012 7:45PM

    Poor guy!

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SINNIBLONDE 1/1/2012 8:55AM

    LMAO thanks for the chuckle! (I needed that.)

Debb
XOX

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Musical Instruments

Friday, December 30, 2011

A man and and his wife were browsing in a crafts store when he noticed a display of country-style musical instruments.

After looking over the flutes, dulcimers and recorders, he picked up a shiny, one-stringed instrument he thought must be a mouth harp.

Putting it to his lips, he twanged a few notes on it - much to the amusement of other shoppers.

After watching from a distance, his wife came up and whispered in his ear, "I hate to tell you this, honey, but you're trying to play a cheese slicer."

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JUSTBIRDY 12/30/2011 6:01PM

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ALICERIEGER 12/30/2011 12:13PM

    I call that creative thinking. Thanks for the chuckle.

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PEEDLE 12/30/2011 11:10AM

    Havin started off this day with frustration, this chuckle was just what I needed!
Thank you.
Mary Lou

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GAILRUU 12/30/2011 9:35AM

    Funny!

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 12/30/2011 7:19AM

    Cheesy! Love it! emoticon emoticon

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MAMAWLINDALOU 12/30/2011 6:54AM

    emoticonLaugh of the day.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/30/2011 2:13AM

    emoticon Thank you for sharing and making me laugh tonight!!!

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The Rules of Chocolate

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

- If you've got melted chocolate all over your hands, you're eating it too slowly.

- Chocolate covered raisins, cherries, orange slices & strawberries all count as fruit, so eat as many as you want.

- The problem: How to get 2 pounds of chocolate home from the store in a hot car. The solution: Eat it in the parking lot.

- Diet tip: Eat a chocolate bar before each meal. It'll take the edge off your appetite, and you'll eat less.

- If calories are an issue, store your chocolate on top of the fridge. Calories are afraid of heights, and they will jump out of the chocolate to protect themselves.

- If I eat equal amounts of dark chocolate and white chocolate, is that a balanced diet? Don't they actually counteract each other?

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LINDAF49 12/30/2011 12:50PM

    emoticonGood for my spirits but not for resolution to cut the carbs...now seriously - which chocolate is best for low carb?


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ECONLADY 12/30/2011 12:47AM

    I like the one about heights. This reminds me of what a friend told me. There are four basic food groups: dark,semi,milk and white.

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MARYB73 12/29/2011 7:11PM

    You always have something to brighten this Oregon weather.

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REACHING4HOME 12/29/2011 3:35PM

    I love this. I think these should be posted in every single candy store and birthing room so families know what to expect if they have a girl.

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NAYPOOIE 12/29/2011 12:33PM

    I already knew that!

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ILOVETOCRUISE 12/29/2011 8:38AM

    This is great. I agree.
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ELSCO55 12/28/2011 10:22PM

    Love it

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Ways to Confuse Santa

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Instead of milk and cookies, leave him a salad, and a note explaining that you think he could stand to lose a few pounds.

While he's in the house, go find his sleigh and write him a speeding ticket.

Leave him a note, explaining that you've gone away for the holidays. Ask if he would mind watering your plants.

While he's in the house, replace all his reindeer with exact replicas. Then wait and see what happens when he tries to get them to fly.

Keep an angry bull in your living room. If you think a bull goes crazy when he sees a little red cape, wait until he sees that big, red Santa suit!

Build an army of mean-looking snowmen on the roof, holding signs that say "We hate Christmas," and "Go away Santa."

Leave a note by the telephone, telling Santa that Mrs. Claus called and wanted to remind him to pick up some milk and a loaf of bread on his way home.

Throw a surprise party for Santa when he comes down the chimney. Refuse to let him leave until the strippers arrive.

While he's in the house, find the sleigh and sit in it. As soon as he comes back and sees you, tell him that he shouldn't have missed that last payment, and take off.

Leave a plate filled with cookies and a glass of milk out, with a note that says, "For The Tooth Fairy. :)" Leave another plate out with half a stale cookie and a few drops of skim milk in a dirty glass with a note that says, "For Santa."


  
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NAYPOOIE 12/27/2011 4:06AM

    What are you trying to do, supplement your winter heating by getting a stocking full of coal?

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GRANDMA624 12/25/2011 12:31PM

  I'm not one to mess around with Santa!! emoticon

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SWEETSOUNDS11 12/24/2011 11:54PM

    Too funny!

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