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In My Opinion ... by Ron Phillips
In July 9 Issue

I Missed This Story!

I received a story from a friend and was surprised that I missed it! It's hard to believe that it will soon be 10 years since radical Muslin terrorist attached us, but let's not ever forget. Of course that's up to you whether you choose to tell what really happened.  I hope you are as inspired by this story as I was. This is a little-known story from the Pentagon on 09/11/2001:

During a visit with a fellow chaplain, who happened to be assigned to the Pentagon, I had a chance to hear a first-hand account of an incident that happened right after Flight 77 hit the Pentagon. The chaplain told me 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 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." Remember Ronald Reagan's great compliment: "Most of us wonder if our lives made any difference.  Marines don't have that problem."

On a different note, I sent an e-mail to Glenn Beck today expressing my sadness in him leaving Fox News. June 30th was his last show. My e-mail to Glenn went like this…  

Dear Mr. Beck, I'm so sad to see you leave Fox News. I know you are beginning a new chapter in your life with your new internet channel and I wish you the best of luck, but I don't think you have been given the full picture. I write an Opinion Colum for a local newspaper here in Russell County Kentucky.

I have received numerous phones call about you leaving Fox and they were all from our older citizens who do not have access to the internet. The closest radio station that carries you radio show is WSFE - 910 AM in Burnside, KY which is out of signal range for our area. With all this being said, I challenge you to try and develop a way to get your outstanding information to your fans that do not have access to you with the above mentioned forums. God bless you and I and the rest of your fans in Russell County Kentucky wish you the very best!


May God Bless…

Ron Phillips

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