Lebanon Family on Evacuation List
KENNEWICK, Wash. - For the first time since 1984, U.S. Marines land in Lebanon, but not as peacekeepers - as rescuers.
They helped evacuate 1000 Americans. Some of the 900 U.S. citizens who got out by sea Thursday, landed Friday morning back in the United States at Baltimore. They said they're glad to be safe, but are still stunned by the Israeli assault against Hezbollah.
Although many Americans are coming home, seven Tri-Cities residents are still trapped inside the country.
They left for Lebanon to celebrate a family wedding, then just days later Israel began bombing the town they are visiting.
Unless the U.S. government gets them out, they can't come home.
The family said Israeli missiles rattle the buildings were they're staying in Northern Lebanon.
The mother and the son both work at J.C. Penney in Columbia Center Mall.
The family just got placed on the U.S. evacuation list, and are now waiting for the U.S. Embassy to call and tell them it's their turn to go.
Managers said everyone at the store is desperately waiting for their return.
"We are just hoping we get the word as soon as possible as to when they're coming home. We want to go as a store in force to the airport as soon as we hear they're landed," said Camille Meyer, J.C. Penney Sales Manager.
Meyer said when the embassy calls the family must be ready to leave within 20 minutes. Until then the family said they are trying to keep their minds off the violence. Friday they celebrated the wedding they left the United States for in the first place.