SOFIA HONOURS AMERICAN WW2 SOLDIERS

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Bulgarian pilots fought agains Americans in the skies of Bulgaria during the Second World War. Thousands of Bulgarians lost their lives in the Allied bombings of Sofia and other cities. But the former foes are now friends in the NATO and the time for reconciliation has come.

On 4 October, under a cold autumn rain, the American Ambassador to Bulgaria, James Warlick, inaugurated a memorial dedicated to the American servicemen who lost their lives in Bulgaria, in 1943-1944. Bulgarian ministers and military officials were in attendance, as well the members of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts (AHAC), which donated the memorial.

"Rememberance is the debt that the living owe to the dead," Ambassador Warlick said in his speech, after reminding the bravery of both Bulgarian and American pilots.

"Today, we stand together under the same flag," said Veselin Stoyanov. His father, ace Gen Stoyan Stoyanov, had fought agains the Americans in 1943-1944.

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