DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – November 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords.
The accords were negotiated and signed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 1995 to end the war in Bosnia Herzegovina and Croatia. The constitution of Bosnia and Herzegovina remains today.
Co-chairs Matt Joseph and John McCance announced commemorative events that will be held to celebrated the anniversary.
There will be a policy conference, community reception and black tie gala.
The events will be held at various locations around Dayton, all leading up to an event at the Hope Hotel where the original signing took place.
A logo design contest will kickoff in early 2015 High school students from Dayton and Sarajevo can participate by submitting a logo to be used throughout the year.
“The negotiation of the Accords in the Dayton region back in 1995 was an historic achievement for the countries involved,” Commissioner Joseph said. “In Dayton, we also count it as a great moment in our history. We plan to use the occasion of the 20th anniversary to look back at what happened here and to discuss its ongoing effects on Bosnia and Herzegovina, the region, and the world.”
The Dayton region felt a sense of pride and accomplishment during that historic time for our city.
“Daytonians embraced opportunities to support the negotiators and the Air Force. We sent pizzas, potato chips, and buckeyes. We held peace vigils, wrote letters, and adorned the halls of the Hope Hotel with artwork made by local school children. It was noticed, it was important, and it is something we should never forget,” said John McCance, Co-chair.