9/11 Story – Marine Corps Love

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On September 11, 2001, a hijacked plane knifed into the side of the Pentagon. We all know that. What very few people have heard is shortly afterwards, the director of a nursery in the building stood looking at the children in her charge, wondering how to move all of the babies and toddlers to safety.

A marine rushed into the room and asked if she was alright. She needed help and she told him that. He turned and ran out; the woman assumed that he had gone away for good. As she formulated a plan of action, she heard footsteps in the hall. The man had returned—this time, though, he was not alone. At least forty other Marines followed him.

They picked up the babies in their cribs, the toddlers, the helpless infants. They carried them through the halls and to a nearby park, where they arranged the cribs in a circle and set the toddlers in the middle. Then they stood guard outside, never allowing the children to be unattended.

When I first saw this picture, I thought that the man carrying the children was their father. Now I realize that he was not related to them by blood, but by nationality. He is an American. They are American children.

He is not their father, he is their protector. He’s a United States Marine.

H/T to Ann in Arizona

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0 responses to “9/11 Story – Marine Corps Love

  1. This is what it is all about. Americans helping always. The big difference is we are used and abused over seas. Time to step up to the plate and never forget what this country is all about. God save us all.

  2. This is such a beautiful story, mythic in its power to tell us what we most need to know: we are one tribe. There may be some bad members, yet we must act for the common good, or fail uncommonly badly. We are all part of the human herd; we forget this first at our peril, and then of all else.

    • “yet we must act for the common good, or fail uncommonly badly”

      Try telling that to the moochers, entitlement parasites, professional victims, and America-haters. You are preaching to the wrong people, Joseph.

      • No, I’m not preaching as such, just reminding us that the ones who do fail badly –and, Yes, I’ve seen the appalling mooching mother rolling in her entitlements– will gradually be edged to the fringes of the herd, no longer receive support from their fellow folk, and then be taken down by others outside the herd. We see it endlessly in African documentaries, Canadian caribou, etc., etc., over and again. It is they –not we– who have acted uncommonly badly. I’ve ceased supporting those who will not seize the work opportunity I extend them: they have their reward, which is nothing, nothing at all, spiritually or materially.

  3. Luvs it!

  4. …sniff…

  5. Proud to have marines…

  6. Many thanks, Granny, and that comes w/a ditto and “Amen!” from an appreciative me.

  7. Bless you, LTG, for reminding us that there still is good in the world, worth fighting for.

  8. I don’t mean to ruin the meaning of this picture, but factually you’re incorrect. I actually met this man, as he visited my highschool and told us his story about how he had lost his wife in the pentagon on 9-11, and mentioned this somewhat “famous” picture. He spoke that this was actually him carrying his two children to safety. He said there was in fact a camera man following him, and he comedically remarked to the photographer, “I’m going to need your contact information. My wife is going to want a copy of these.” Anyhow, this is in fact the children’s father, and he is not a Marine. He works at the National Intelligence Agency. He did however return to the site and help many other children to safety & their parents. So, Marine or not, this picture does really tell a story of how our nation came together on 9-11.


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