The Anniversary of a footnote in history for most. But not for The POTR.

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.

Srebrenica Massacre (Srebrenica Genocide, Bosnian Genocide) Kamenica Budak Mass Grave Exhumations Exhibit 2

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3 Responses to The Anniversary of a footnote in history for most. But not for The POTR.

  1. caohaoim says:

    Words fail. Utter suckiness just contemplating words.

  2. blt says:

    I was starting school (and ROTC) right next door when that happened. POTR obviously got exposed to the much bigger issue…but I can categorically say that the mucky-mucks from the Balkans were despised in Dayton. They treated everyone like shit.

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