Here’s how can learn more about the sacrifices and courage of our troops during WWI

All screenings during the Military History Film Festivalwill be in the MacArthur Memorial Visitors Center Theatre . (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of The MacArthur Memorial)
All screenings during the Military History Film Festivalwill be in the MacArthur Memorial Visitors Center Theatre . (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of The MacArthur Memorial)

NORFOLK — The MacArthur Memorial is hosting its third annual Military History Film Festival August – October.

To commemorate the World War I Centennial, the 2018 films will focus on the courage and sacrifice of American troops in that war, according to a news release from the city.

The film festival will kick off on Aug. 9.  In partnership with the Military Aviation Museum of Virginia Beach, the MacArthur Memorial will screen “The Millionaires’ Unit” (2015) (120 mins).

The documentary tells the story of a group of Yale college students who became the first to fly for the United States in World War I.

Narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Bruce Dern (grandnephew of one of the aviators), and filmed in the U.S., England, France, Belgium and New Zealand, the film addresses patriotism, sacrifice, and the little-known story of the origins of American air power, according to the news release.

The festival will continue with screenings of “The Fighting 69th” (1940) on Sept. 13 and “Sergeant York” (1941) on Oct. 4.

All screenings will be in the MacArthur Memorial Visitors Center Theatre at 7 p.m.  Admission is free but registration is requested.

Visit here for information or to register.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.