President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic, left, President of Bosnia and Herzegovina Alija Izetbegovic and President of Croatia Franjo Tudman at the signing of the Dayton Agreement of the Bosnia Peace Accord in Fairborn on Nov. 212, 1995. Skip Peterson/Dayton Daily News Skip Peterson
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Peace agreement forged in Dayton: 3 things to remember

A peace agreement, forged at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 1995, ended the Bosnian War. 

A recent story about the retirement of Ron Fry, a long time public affairs director at the Air Force Material Command who recalled his experiences working during the accords, prompted a look back at the historic talks.

Here are three things to know about the Dayton Peace Accords: 

Warren Christopher, the Secretary of State (left) and the Richard Holbrooke, assistant Secretary of State, (right) were tasked with working toward a sustainable peace during the Dayton peace talks held for 21 days in Nov. 1995 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE
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Wright-Patt had an important role. As the site of the talks, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base ensured security. Warren Christopher, the U.S. Secretary of State, and Richard C. Holbrooke, the assistant secretary of state, facilitated the talks and worked toward a sustainable peace. 

The Mayor of Dayton's sister City Sarajevo, Ivo Komsic, inspects a piece of of the original Sarajevo City Hall that was bombed out in 1992 and late rebuilt. Komsic was one of several mayors to attend the dedication of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke Plaza as part of the 20th Anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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A plaza dedicated to a peace maker. Dayton constructed a plaza in remembrance of Holbrooke, who died in 2010. It is located at the southwest corner of Salem and West Riverview avenues. 

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“There is still a lot of work to do … to reap the full promise of Dayton,” former President Bill Clinton said during his talk on the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Presidential influence. Former President Clinton received the Dayton Peace Prize in 2005 for his efforts to end the war. He returned to Dayton in 2015 to take part in 20th anniversary ceremonies.

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