19 years ago, on March 24, 1999 NATO launched an air campaign called Operation Allied Force to halt the humanitarian devastation that was then unfolding in the European country of Kosovo.  The decision to intervene followed more than a year of fighting within the province and the failure of international efforts to resolve the conflict by diplomatic means.

NATO announced the suspension of the air campaign on June 10, 1999 once it had concluded a military technical agreement with the federal republic of Yugoslavia.

NATO casualties were light and the alliance suffered no fatalities as a result of

combat operations.

VFW Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will conduct a wreath laying ceremony in honor of those who served in the Kosovo War at the Veteran’s Memorial on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse in Center on Friday, March 23rd at 10:00 a.m.  As always the public is invited to honor their fellow Americans.