I Can’t Forget


I worked third shift at Walker Die Casting in Lewisburg Tn. I just got off a hard night and I was toasted. I was living at Ellington House Apartments. I had no TV. I was dating my wife and I was sitting on the couch when the phone rang. She told me to turn my TV on forgetting I had no TV. I listened to the whole thing over the phone. We both sat in silence while her TV blared over the phone lines.

One plane.

Two planes.

Three planes.

Four planes.

One tower fell.

Two towers fell.

The Pentagon smashed.

The Pennsylvania field burned.

That night at work, we all stood around talking. No work got done. We knew we had been attacked but by whom. Time stretched on as they sifted through the rubble of the many buildings that fell in New York City. Time still stretches on but I can’t forget. I had no loved ones in that tragedy but one. America! When she hurts, I hurt. When she’s in pain, I’m in pain. When she cries, I cry. When she gets angry, I get angry.

I won’t ever forget because…

I can’t forget!

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About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged

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