In honor of Remembrance Day on May 4, the Royal Netherlands Embassy presents a preview screening of Ageless Friends, a documentary that captures the journey Maarten Vossen took to discover and connect to fallen World War II soldier, Pfc James Wickline of West Virginia. Wickline was killed during Operation Market Garden when his parachute failed to open.
In 2002 at the age of 13, Vossen adopted Wickline’s grave at the American Military Cemetery in Margraten. Vossen has been tending to Wickline’s grave for more than half of his life. “When I saw his name on that cross, on the white marble cross, James Wickline, I knew he was someone who sacrificed his life for my freedom, for the freedom of the Netherlands,” he said.
Ageless Friends, directed by Marijn Poels, details Vossen’s quest to learn more about Pfc Wickline. Vossen obtained Wickline’s personnel file from the U.S. Army in 2003. He has since visited Wickline’s hometown near Morgantown in 2012, 2014 and 2015. Vossen, a physical therapist who works with international soldiers diagnosed with PTSD, successfully led efforts in Morgantown to rename a bridge after Pfc Wickline in 2015. He will return to West Virgina this summer for the official premiere of the documentary.
Maarten Vossen and Marijn Poels will hold a Q&A with the audience after the screening.
You are welcome to attend the screening of Ageless Friends at the Embassy, but please note that seating is limited. RSVP here: http://nlintheusa.com/l/agelessfriends
Members of the media who would like to attend and interview Vossen and Poels, should email email@example.com
On Remembrance Day, the Dutch commemorate all civilians and members of the armed forces of the Kingdom of the Netherlands who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the outbreak of World War II. Embassy staff and members of the Dutch community will commemorate Remembrance Day at the Netherlands Carillon in Arlington, VA, with the observance of two minutes of silence at exactly 2 pm (simultaneous with the National Commemoration in Amsterdam), and a wreath-laying ceremony. The media is also invited to cover the Remembrance Day ceremony in Arlington.