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.