10/1/18 - Documentary: 12:57
Every major American war fought in defense of freedom is honored with a national
Memorial–except World War I.
“A Soldier’s Journey” is a short-form documentary motion picture that provides a
“first look” into the making of the national 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 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.
“A Soldier’s Journey”
Commissioned by the US World War 1 Centennial Committee ã2018
A Loma Media production
Written & Directed by John DeBello
Produced by Mackenzie Hodge