DAYTON, OHIO: Local leaders in Dayton are planning events this year to mark the 20th anniversary of an international peace agreement on Bosnia that was hammered out in Ohio.
The Dayton peace accords negotiated in November 1995 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base highlight an achievement that shouldn’t be forgotten, City Commissioner Matt Joseph told the Dayton Daily News. Local events tied to the anniversary will be more of a commemoration than a celebration, he said.
The agreement ended the war in Bosnia and outlined a framework for peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Details are still being worked out, the newspaper said, but the mayor of Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina has been invited.
Donna Schlagheck, professor and chairwoman of Wright State University’s Political Science Department, said the agreement gave Dayton name recognition in Europe.
“You travel in Europe anywhere today, and you say you’re from Dayton, and they know,” she said.
Many bars and restaurants in Sarajevo are named after Dayton and the talks have led to lasting friendships between people from both cities, said John McCance, owner of McCance Consulting Group and a co-chair of the local organizing group.
“We as a community and as a region have always been innovators, and this is just another example of how Dayton has left a mark on the world,” he said.