New Orleans, LA - The City of New Orleans celebrated its official Tricentennial on Saturday, April 21 with an International Welcome Ceremony in the morning and a gala banquet later that evening. Serbian Ambassador Djerdj Matkovic and his wife Vera represented the Republic of Serbia along with New Orleans native Mr. Gregory Rusovich, Serbia's Honorary Consul to Louisiana, and his wife Suzanne. Accompanying the Serbian delegation was The Honorable Branko Terzic, who came through the Port of New Orleans along with many other Serbians as Displaced Persons after World War II.
Joining the Serbian Ambassador in the 300th anniversary of the founding of New Orleans were Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Mayo-elect LaToya Cantrell, former mayors Marc Morial and Sidney Barthelemy, ambassadors and mayors from cities in far-flung lands such as Japan, Mexico, France, Lithuania, and Denmark.
Mr. Rusovich, a distinguished community leader is the son of the late Basil Rusovich, Jr., founder of the International Trade Center and grandson of Mr. Basil Rusovich, Sr., the Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia from 1936 to 1946.