On August 27, 2018, there will be 102 years from death of great author and national tribune Petar Kočić. Petar Kočić was a prominent Serbian author, national activist against the Austrian occupation and social injustice in rural areas, who devoted his entire literary and political work to the national and social activism. He was Serbian representative in the Bosnian Parliament in 1910 and 1911. Through his satiric stories (such as: “The Badger on Trial”, “Trials” & etc.), Kočić severely criticized the condition the Bosnian village under the Austrian occupation. This poet among story-tellers and a story-teller among poets died in Belgrade on August 27, 1916.
On the occasion of this significant anniversary, on August 23, 2018, representatives of the Republic of Srpska Office in Belgrade, Association of Authors from Banja Luka, in addition to the members of the Serbian cultural and educational organization “Prosvijeta” from Belgrade, paid their respects and laid flowers at the final resting place of Petar Kočić in the Alley of the Grates. As each year cultural and educational mafinestation “53rd Kočić’s Gathering”, is being held in the priod 20-26. August. The headstone in the Alley of the Greats, i.e. the bust of Petar Kočić and relief of symbolic nature are the work of prominent sculptor Sreten Stojanović.
It is not widely known that a founder of “Zmijanje”, professor, politician and close friend of Petar Kočić was also laid to rest at the New Cemetery. The firendship between Petar Kočić and Vaso Glušac, which commenced during the studies in Vienna, continued in Banja Luka and was finally sealed by the fact that Vaso Glušac became a godfather to Kočić’s son Slobodan. Slavic language specialist by vocation, he was a long-term professor and director of the Grammar School in Banja Luka and Tuzla. In the course of 1930s, he transferred to Belgrade, where he worked as a member and a Secrtary of the Senat of Kingodom of Yuogslavia, in the priod from 1932 to the beginning of the WWII. He was the author of several dozen scientific papers within the filed of literary history and critics. Vaso Glušac was laid to rest in the plot 39.