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Michael Abrams ©Stars and StripesTuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, March 1, 1996: Members of the Bosnian army march through Tuzla's stadium during Independence Day ceremonies. On February 29, 1992, Bosnian Muslims and Croats voted for separation from Yugoslavia; since the vote took place in a leap year, the anniversary is marked on March 1. The 1996 celebration was the first one held in peacetime, following the Dayton agreement and the signing of a peace treaty in Paris in late 1995.

RELATED MATERIAL: A 1996 Stars and Stripes story about Bosnia's 1996 Independence Day celebration.


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