A tribute from Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz and Army General Raúl Castro Ruz to Frank País García and all those who fell in the final stage of the country’s freedom struggles, was presented during the act to commemorate the 58th anniversary of the murder of the July 26 Movement’s head of Action and Sabotage, this July 30, Martyrs of the Revolution day.
During the ceremony held in the Martyrs of the Revolution Mausoleum in Santa Ifigenia cemetery, a floral wreath was laid on Frank País’ tomb by a FAR regiment in the name of Fidel and Raúl, while flowers sent on behalf of leaders of the Revolution, the Councils of State and Ministers and the Cuban people, were also deposited.
True to the hope expressed this July 26 by Raúl, that Santiago continues to be Santiago, thousands of inhabitants of the city representing the Cuban people partook in the traditional procession to the cemetery, accompanied in spirit by the brave clandestine fighter and the loyal compañero who fell at his side, Raúl Pujol Arencibia.
Lázaro Expósito Canto, first secretary of the Party in Santiago de Cuba, and Reinaldo García Zapata, president of the provincial government, led the procession.
The commemorative activities began early in the morning with flowers laid at the exact places, on Callejón del Muro and San Germán, where Frank and Pujol were murdered by Batista’s henchmen, and the Placita de los Mártires where the young Revolutionaries met to conspire.
A special tribute also took place in the mausoleum where the remains of Comandante René Ramos Latour (Da niel) lie, who took over Frank’s M-26-7 responsibilities after he was murdered, later dying in combat in the Sierra Maestra just one year later, on July 30, 1958; as well as to the Díaz brothers, before their tomb in the Santa Ifigenia cemetery.