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Operation Halyard 73rd anniversary commemoration

The U.S. Air Forces in Europe jazz band performs at the 73rd Halyard Mission ceremony at Galobica Field in Pranjani, Serbia, Sept. 16, 2017.

The U.S. Air Forces in Europe jazz band performs at the 73rd Halyard Mission ceremony at Galobica Field in Pranjani, Serbia, Sept. 16, 2017. The event commemorates the Halyard Mission of 1944, the largest rescue operation of downed American and allied airmen in history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rachelle Coleman)

The U.S. Air Forces in Europe jazz band performs the Serbian national anthem at the 73rd Halyard Mission ceremony at Galobica Field in Pranjani, Serbia, Sept. 16, 2017.

The U.S. Air Forces in Europe jazz band performs the Serbian national anthem at the 73rd Halyard Mission ceremony at Galobica Field in Pranjani, Serbia, Sept. 16, 2017. The band also performed in the local community to celebrate the U.S. and Serbia’s partnership and provide an opportunity to strengthen mutual understanding and cultural appreciation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rachelle Coleman)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Michele Harris, U.S. Air Forces in Europe band vocalist, sings with local children in Pranjani, Serbia, Sept. 16, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Michele Harris, U.S. Air Forces in Europe band vocalist, sings with local children in Pranjani, Serbia, Sept. 16, 2017. The USAFE jazz band performed at the 73rd anniversary of the Halyard Mission and for the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rachelle Coleman)

Local children dance during the U.S. Air Forces Band in Europe performance at the 73rd anniversary of the Halyard Mission of 1944 in Pranjani, Serbia, Sept. 16, 2017.

Local children dance during the U.S. Air Forces Band in Europe performance at the 73rd anniversary of the Halyard Mission of 1944 in Pranjani, Serbia, Sept. 16, 2017. The band performed both jazz and top hits at the local school after the commemoration ceremony to honor local families who supported allied airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rachelle Coleman)

Members of the U.S., United Kingdom, Canadian, Polish and French militaries pose next to the Operation Halyard memorial in Pranjani, Serbia, Sept. 16, 2017.

Members of the U.S., United Kingdom, Canadian, Polish and French militaries pose next to the Operation Halyard memorial in Pranjani, Serbia, Sept. 16, 2017. More than 500 airmen from the U.S., U.K., Canada, France, Poland, Italy, Czech Republic and the former U.S.S.R. were rescued during Operation Halyard. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rachelle Coleman)

Honorable Kyle Scott, U.S. Ambassador to Serbia, and Xenia Wilkinson, daughter of U.S. intelligence officer George Vujnovich, talk after the Operation Halyard commemoration ceremony in Pranjani, Serbia, Sept. 16, 2017.

Honorable Kyle Scott, U.S. Ambassador to Serbia, and Xenia Wilkinson, daughter of U.S. intelligence officer George Vujnovich, talk after the Operation Halyard commemoration ceremony in Pranjani, Serbia, Sept. 16, 2017. George Vujnovich is known as the architect of Operation Halyard, the largest rescue operation of U.S. and allied airmen during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rachelle Coleman)

PRANJANI, Serbia -- The U.S. Air Forces in Europe jazz band performs at the 73rd Halyard Mission ceremony at Galobica Field in Pranjani, Serbia, Sept. 16, 2017. The event commemorates the Halyard Mission of 1944, the largest rescue operation of downed American and allied airmen in history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rachelle Coleman)