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.
Salute to Service
Have you ever wondered what it is like to serve in the military? Hear first-hand accounts from those who took the oath of enlistment!
Aired September 18, 2020. Join an Air Force veteran as he discusses his service during the Global War on Terrorism.
Aired January 13, 2021. Hear firsthand accounts from a Navy SEAL during this unique interview.
Eyewitness to history
Learn about history from those who have experienced it, and get a chance to view events through a unique lens!
Aired May 27, 2020. Hear from a panel of veterans of the Global War on Terrorism as they discuss their experiences in the Middle East and the state of the military today.
Aired August 26, 2020. Hear from Mark Owens, a veteran of the Persian Gulf War in the early 1990s.
Aired September 10, 2020. Join Mary Ann Wilson, on special assignment as HUD’s Regional Director of New York and New Jersey in 2001, as she describes the horrific events that occurred outsider her 35th floor office window of the Federal Building in Lower Manhattan on September 11.
LESSONS AND LECTURES (GUEST SPEAKERS and staff)
Programs from authors, historians, and other special guest speakers in addition to VA War Memorial staff.
Aired June 15, 2020. This program, presented by John Riley and Tara Krohn of the Freedom Flag Foundation, addresses the question: How was Virginia’s Freedom Flag born? Learn how the Freedom Flag went form a sketch on a napkin in response to America’s promise to “Never Forget 9/11,” to becoming Virginia’s Official Flag of Remembrance for September 11, 2001.
Aired June 30, 2020. Join Dr. Clay Mountcastle as he shares 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.
Aired December 15, 2020. Hear author Pete Svoboda talk about his new book, “Headhunter,” a unique account of the Global War on Terrorism.
Aired February 26, 2021. Near the 30th anniversary of the end of the Persian Gulf War, Education Director Jim Triesler highlighted each of the Virginians killed in action during the conflict whose names are carved onto the Shrine of Memory.