posted on Mar, 8 2009 @ 10:19 PM
Today was an odd day.
11:30 am: Today I received a call from a co worker. He was calling me to let me know that while commuting to work he noticed several military
personal located at various intersections, standing in sentry positioning, on one street in Providence (Smith St.). These personal were dressed in
desert fatigues. A few were standing in the middle of said intersections, in his words.. " looking sternly, and paying close attention turning heads
from the left and right." Like directing traffic, but not.
The soldiers wore bright orange vests over their fatigues and berets.
When I got the call, I was shocked. Considering the locations involved (all on one street, one being across the street from my High School, I live in
At 12:30 I felt the need to tell a few family members of what I heard.
My younger brother's friend was visiting my mothers house and stated that he had seen a few soldiers on his way to her house. It looked like the
soldiers were collecting change, but weren't.... just questioning drivers (this was Manton Ave).
3pm today: I get a call from my Aunt. My mother and her went to the Dunkin Donuts across the street from my High School, and saw the soldiers.
There were three of them. In desert fatigues. There were also soldiers in unmarked newer model Jeeps (One stopped and held conversation with the
standing soldier and then went on there way, with other soldiers in the car), as the rest remained at the corner.
They asked the clerks at Dunkin Donuts if they knew what was going on.
One girl said they were there all day. As a nice gesture they brought them out coffee a couple of times. During which time, They let the girls know
And I am paraphrasing a paraphrase here, so bear with the vagueness:
The girls said the soldiers said the following:
"There's nothing to worry about. People usually get anxious when the see us. We will be here for a few days on an off, until .... :
AND this is where its weird
"Until they fix the system"
The other girl stated that they were really vague about their presence, but were " there to help until things were fixed".
When my aunt got home, she called the local channel 10 (NBC news affiliate) and asked if they knew what was going on . They stated that they did not
know anything, but would find out and put out a story....
Upon hearing this, I was shocked.
I must note that my aunt (and my mother) mentioned that it appeared that they had weapons (pistols under the orange vest). But this could not be
verified, just holsters were vaguely seen...
When I received this information, I immediately called my friend who saw them earlier and let him know of what occurred. He made note, that another
contact of ours, had messaged the news director for a local radio station in regards to the sitings. Here's what the news director said (taken from
"I haven't heard anything, but I saw guys in uniform at Kennedy Plaza an hour ago. I'll tweet if I find out why. "
"Did you ever find out why the troops were in NP? No one at ...... had any clue, and none of the wire services say there's an event today"
Kennedy Plaza is a main transportation hub (for Buses in Providence and Rhode Island)
Please make note that my friend (coworker) also contacted the North Providence Police in regards to his sighting. Here is part of his twitter
"Just a curious resident wondering what the purpose of the Military presence on Smith Street is"
No reply from the police.
When I went out at 5pm, I didn't see anything (not a soldier), but no worries I will have my camera tomorrow on my way to work. So in 3 different
locations of Providence (miles apart) Soldiers were seen standing guard. Also there were soldiers seen driving in unmarked newer model non military
Jeeps. Word is they pulled over a few drivers....
So my question is:
What does this mean? Any one know why this would be occurring?
[edit on 8-3-2009 by squidboy]