“A Soldier’s Journey” provides a compelling ‘first look’ into the making of the national WWI Memorial to be built in Washington DC’s newly-configured Pershing Park.
Told in the words of Americans whose stories frame both the war and this ‘wall of remembrance,’ the emotionally powerful film explores the themes of the conflict as expressed in the centerpiece of that wall, a 57-foot bronze bas-relief.
Sculptor Sabin Howard shows how he transformed 12,000 original photographs into an inspiring bronze tableau that illustrates the nation’s Coming of Age in the 20th century, as America united to end a war that took many millions of lives..
Other key participants include Sandra Pershing, granddaughter-in-law of General John ‘Blackjack” Pershing; Gerald York, grandson of the hero immortalized in the movie ‘Sergeant York’; and Ambassador (ret) Carol Mosely Braun, who honors the service of her grandfather, one of more than 300,000 African-Americans who answered the call to arms.
“A Soldier’s Journey” commemorates the 116,516 Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice and renews our pledge: To protect our future…by remembering our past.