Global War on Terrorism

Learn more about America’s modern conflicts. How has the world changed since the attacks on 9/11/2001, and what has happened in Iraq and Afghanistan? Use the films and resources below to learn more about the Global War on Terrorism, from the perspectives of Virginians who participated.

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Virginians at War Films
Recorded Lectures and Lessons
Resources and Activities

Documentary Films

A New Century, A New War

A New Century, A New War presents the memories and emotions surrounding the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the Global War on Terror as experienced by Virginian veterans and family members.

Resource packet for A New Century, A New War coming soon.

Virginians at War: Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003-2004

Hear firsthand accounts of Virginians discussing the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the start of the War on Terror. This film covers the invasion of Iraq and the shifting perception of the war over time, as well as the day-to-day experience of American soldiers in the Middle East.


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

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.

Resources and Activities

The Freedom Flag

Learn more about the Freedom Flag, an Official Flag of Remembrance for September 11, 2001 on the Freedom Flag Foundation’s website: