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Zoran Milanovic Visits Gig Harbor

Quite by accident, the Ambassabor of Croatia, Josko Paro, discovered Gig Harbor during his trip to America with his wife. Tourisim information about Gig Harbor, it’s beauty, and more importantly, the lingering influences of Croatian settlers caught their attention and drew them to visit.

It is the reason that Zoran Milanovic, the Prime Minister of Croatia, who was scheduled to visit the five big US IT companies, included a special trip to Gig Harbor.

With just five days to plan, the City managed to organize a successful welcome at Skansie Brothers Park. The pavilion was draped in flags and a colorful welcome banner when the 12-member delegation arrived. Tim Jovanovich and members of the Tamburitza Orchestra danced and played the Croatian anthem amidst an energetic crowd of Croatian flag-waving enthusiasts that witnessed the historic visit.

In honor of her late father, 93 year-old Don Gilich, Sharon Gilich-Eckman hosted a luncheon at the Emmett Ross (Whittier) Netshed. US Congressman Derek Kilmer, the Mayor, City Council, and over 50 members of local Croatian families were in attendance. Devoted Kiss served traditional NW grilled salmon garbed in “Dobrodosli” (Welcome) aprons.

All in all, the day was a great success and will forever remind us of the town's humble Croatian beginnings.

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