Americans in Wartime Experience

John Baner


On the morning of September 11th, 2001, John Baner was a member of the New York City Police Department.  He was a Detective Sergeant with the Detective Bureau in Manhattan on that fateful morning.  He received a phone call telling him that a plane had crashed and that he needed to respond to the 1rst precinct.  While on the way with other detectives, they got the word that a second plane had hit the World Trade Center. They knew then that this was no accident, but an intentional act, an act of terrorism.  America was under attack.

When John and his detectives where about 40 yards from the towers, they looked up and saw one of them starting to collapse.  The driver of the car they were in slammed the car into reverse and narrowly missed getting hit by debris from the first tower.  John was an eyewitness to history, literally at ground zero to what would become the War on Terror and his story is truly remarkable.

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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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