Americans in Wartime Experience

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When America goes to war, the American people go to war—from the armed forces to civil servants to families at home. The Americans in Wartime Experience will bring history to life through the stories of American men and women who have answered the nation’s call to serve, from World War I to the present.

The AWE will explore their motivations, their actions and their legacy—because they are the real heroes of American history. Compelling and inspiring, these stories will include:

  • The “ordinary” citizen who becomes a hero in uniform;
  • The parent, spouse or child who sacrifices every day on the home front;
  • The veterans who survived their experience as prisoners of war or are still listed as missing in action;
  • The young Americans who have given their lives on behalf of our nation.

For the millions who served in the military, those who worked and waited at home, and those who have only experienced America’s wartime events in a textbook, our Museum will answer the questions:

  • Who were America’s citizen soldiers?
  • How have Americans answered the call to serve in wartime?
  • What have we gained from their courage, their commitment and their sacrifice?

The Americans in Wartime Experience is led by a talented Executive Staff and a distinguished Board of Trustees.
The Americans in Wartime Experience explores the impact of war and conflict on America since WWI. It honors those who served in the military and on the home front and highlights the values they demonstrated in serving – duty, honor, and courage. It examines how periods of conflict have profoundly shaped American society. It educates visitors about the costs of war, both on a personal and social level. It challenges visitors to remember the service and sacrifices made by their fellow citizens to preserve and defend our freedoms. LEARN MORE

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