Kansas City Film Premiere Screening of documentary "Pershing's Paths of Glory" on March 15th
By Kevin Upton, Pershing Rifles Group
special to the United States World War One Centennial Commission web site
In recognition of the 125th Anniversary of the National Society of Pershing Rifles, the nation's foremost military honor society for ROTC cadets & midshipmen, we are excited to host this major premiere event in Kansas City, MO, home of the National World War I Museum and Memorial.
Pershing's Paths of Glory is a documentary that tells the exceptional story of one of America's greatest military leaders, General John J. Pershing. The story is told by Pershing's living legacy - members of the National Societies of Pershing Rifles, Pershing Angels, and Blackjacks.
This premiere event will take place in Kansas City, MO at the KCI Expo Center on March 15, 2019. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. The event is open to the public. Tickets can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pershings-paths-of-glory-kc-premiere-tickets-56692699390?aff=MailChimpDistro
Pershing's Paths of Glory is told by Pershing’s living legacy, a group of young leaders following the General’s paths across the globe. Raised in a small town in Missouri, Pershing first went on to lead Soldiers on the American Frontier, in Cuba with Teddy Roosevelt, and against Pancho Villa in Mexico.
Despite the sudden, tragic deaths of his beloved wife and three daughters in a fire, Pershing soldiered on to command the American Expeditionary Forces (Three million “Doughboys!”) in WWI. Because of General Pershing’s efforts in achieving an Armistice in the War to End All Wars (Signed on November 11, 1918), he was elevated to the highest rank America has ever established, General of the Armies of the United States. In the film, members of Pershing Rifles, Pershing Angels, and Blackjacks are guided by Army veteran, David Poe, as they travel to the historic battlefields of France and experience Pershing’s heroic deeds first-hand.
They learn how the General formulated military policy still in effect today, such as the first successful counter-insurgency campaign leading to a lasting peace with the Islamic Moro tribe in the Philippines. The young “leaders-in-training” who walk in Pershing’s footsteps exemplify his lasting values of honor, acceptance, and integrity.
Hosting this film event are the members of the Pershing Rifles Group (PRG), parent organization of the National Society of Pershing Rifles, National Society of Black Jacks, and National Society of Pershing Angels. Together, these organizations comprise the nation’s foremost military honor societies for college and secondary school ROTC cadets and women in the military, respectively.