On on 14 December 1995 America signed onto the Dayton Accords, Paris Protocol or Dayton-Paris Agreement,the peace agreement reached at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. Formally signed in Paris on 14 December 1995. These accords put an end to the three and a half-year long Bosnian War following the dissolution of the former Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia.
In 1996 The POTR crossed the Sava river as a young Army Lieutenant. He crossed it again a year later heading home as a much much older soldier.
Guarding the excavation of mass grave puts some things in perspective.
Just a few years ago I sat on a small bench on Wright-Pat Air Force Base in front of the small, nearly insignificant, marker commemorating this event. Alone, for an hour. Just sitting and remembering. I was remembering a series of events that even then I did not know would alter my perspective of the world more than that even of wars in Afghanistan or Iraq. As my decades of being a soldier close I’ve begun to identify my ghosts that must be tended. So every December 14th I drink in remembrance not of my fallen friends but in remembrance of the fallen thousands that carved the first, deepest, and most persistent scar on my heart. Živjeli.