On Friday, November 18, Ambassador Kyle Scott will unveil seven historical markers in Pranjani, Gornji Milanovac, to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the Halyard Mission. The United States Air Forces in Europe Jazz Band will be playing Serbian and American national anthems during the ceremony.
The Halyard Operation that took place in 1944 was the largest rescue operation of downed American and Allied airmen in history. More than 500 U.S. airmen were rescued, cared for, and protected by the people of Pranjani and Gornji Milanovac area. The historic markers, written in Serbian and English, give through pictures a brief insight into this incredible chapter in the history of World War II.
Brigadier General Robert Huston, Mobilization Assistant to the Vice Commander, Third Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, will be representing United States Air Force at this event. He will be accompanied by the United States Air Force Jazz Band that has prepared a two hour music program set to begin at the Ivo Andric School in Pranjani at 12:15.
Ambassador Scott will lay a wreath at the Galovića Field Memorial. Wreaths will also be laid by the President of the Halyard Mission Foundation John Cappello, Ministry of Defense and Serbian Armed Forces delegation, British Embassy delegation, and the Mayor of Gornji Milanovac, Dejan Kovacevic.
Journalists interested in covering the event should be at the Galovića Field in Pranjani no later than 10:40 am on November18.