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. 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.
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 sturdy and heavy.
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.
They remained there until the parents could be notified and come and get their children.
The thought of those Marines and what they did and how fast they reacted; could we expect any less from them? (From an e-mail sent to me.)
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