Recorded Lectures and Lessons
If you are interested in scheduling a future lesson with the Virginia War Memorial Education Department (in person or via distance learning/outreach), please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eyewitness to History: Experiencing the Unthinkable on 9/11
Aired September 10, 2020.
Join us as Mary Ann Wilson, on special assignment as HUD’s Regional Director for New York and New Jersey in 2001, describes the horrific events that occurred outside her 35th floor office window of the Federal Building in Lower Manhattan on September 11. Responsible for more than 300 people on several floors, learn about her decision-making process in those first moments and her experiences throughout that unthinkable day and the days that followed.
A Firefight in Afghanistan: What Happened on Mountain 2610
Aired on June 30, 2020.
In this program, Dr. Clay Mountcastle will share the story of a battle that took place in June 2006, with soldiers from the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division high in the mountains of northeastern Afghanistan. At the end of the desperate fight, four Americans were dead, including a Medal of Honor recipient and a local hero from Mechanicsville. Mountcastle, who authored a study of the battle, will explain what happened, why, and how this one battle illustrates why fighting a war in Afghanistan is so damned hard.