Patriot Day – 9/11/2001

Some of the destruction caused when the high-jacked American Airlines flight slammed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11. The terrorist attack caused extensive damage to the west face of

some of the destruction caused when the high-jacked American Airlines flight slammed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11. The terrorist attack caused extensive damage to the west face of the Pentagon

AFTER FLIGHT 77 hit the Pentagon on 9/11, the following incident occurred:

A chaplain, who happened to be assigned to the Pentagon, told of an incident that never made the news:
“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 cribs.

Pentagon Memorial

Pentagon Memorial

“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.

Pentagon Memorial benches w/ names on each one.

Pentagon Memorial benches w/ names on each one.

“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.

Pentagon Memorial at Arlington Cemetery

Pentagon Memorial at Arlington Cemetery

“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 freedom.”

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Farewell Salutes – 

James M. Barrett – MN; USMC, WWII, PTO, 6th Marine Division

Walter Brandes – Kenosha, WI; US Army Air Corps, WWII, ETO, SSgt., gunner

John Dawson – Whitinsville, MA; US Army, Afghanistan, KIAplaying-taps

Michael Donahue – Columbus, OH; US Army, Afghanistan, XVII Airborne Corps, Major

Ating Emine – Lawrenceville, GA; Afghanistan, Sgt.

Millie Linehan – Wichita, KS; US Navy WAVE, WWII, yeoman 3rd class

John Mark – NYC, NY; US Army, Kuwait, Pentagon, Captain

Donald Olliver – Dover, DE; US Army, Korea

Herbert Stevenson – Atawhai, NZ; RNZ Army # 395530, WWII, 23rd Battalion

Ned Teaque – Stanley, NC; US Navy, WWII

Andrew S. Villolovos – Toledo, OH; US Navy, cryptologic tech. Seaman

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on September 11, 2015, in Current News, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 146 Comments.

  1. I have tears and goosebumps. As a mom and Grammy, I can only imagine the terror those parents felt. I hope every child had a parent alive there to claim them. I totally agree with you about the military being the ones who keep us safe. I thank each member or retired military person I see. Police and firefighters, too. Policemen really have a tough time these days. They deserve our respect. My husband was a policeman the first five years we were married. He was only wounded once, but that was enough for me! Great post.

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  2. Real heroes! Very inspiring.

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  3. Beautiful tribute Brad!

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  4. Great heros that day…and every day serving our country. Very sad day…you would think we would have learned something by now…but the reality is still out there…

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  5. Beautiful, have sent this to so many friends. Spontaneous goodness and imagination is so inspiring

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  6. Simply amazing but not at all surprising.

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  7. A day that changed the world forever, GP. A nice memory of what is usually associated only with pain and loss.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  8. Absolutely stunning story, these are the sort of actions, that Soldiers and Marines perform that never make the news papers. This is what is in the Heart of all servicemen, a relentless love of Humanity and it’s protection.

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