Americans in Wartime Experience

Tom Beckman


On the morning of September 11th, 2001, Officer Tom Beckman of the Fairfax County Police Motor Unit responded to the Pentagon in response to the terrorist attacks.  He describes the scene as he and his partner approached the Pentagon and the mindset of law enforcement on that day as the specter of more attacks weighed heavy on their minds.

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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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