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Slovenia and US Commemorate Friendship Day and WWII Airmen

Slovenia and the US marked the 10th Slovenian-American Friendship Day with a ceremony honoring WWII airmen and reinforcing their enduring bilateral ties

The 10th Slovenian-American Friendship Day, observed on May 11 in Andraž nad Polzelo, northeastern Slovenia, was marked by solemn remembrance and strong affirmations of bilateral ties. Addressed by President Nataša Pirc Musar and US Ambassador Jamie L. Harpootlian, the ceremony honored the US airmen who perished in a WWII bomber crash near Polzela in 1944, highlighting the enduring friendship between Slovenia and the United States.

Pirc Musar emphasized the significance of remembering the sacrifices made during WWII, noting that such events remind us of the fight for freedom and the senselessness of war. She reflected on the 80th anniversary of the crash, where a B-17 bomber carrying a 10-man crew was shot down by Nazi forces, with only two survivors saved by local residents. Pirc Musar underscored that these historical acts of bravery and solidarity form the foundation of strong international partnerships and alliances.

US Ambassador Harpootlian highlighted the profound bond forged between the two nations through acts of selflessness and cooperation. She drew parallels between past and present challenges, stressing the importance of unity in facing contemporary threats to democracy and freedom. Harpootlian praised the collaborative efforts of Slovenia and the US in addressing global issues such as climate change and hybrid threats.

The event, which saw Pirc Musar laying a wreath at the memorial in Andraž nad Polzelo cemetery, serves as a poignant reminder of the shared history and values that continue to strengthen the friendship and alliance between Slovenia and the United States.

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