Floral wreaths were laid on behalf of Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro and the President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Army General Raúl Castro, at the mausoleum of Cuba’s national hero, José Martí, in a ceremony held this February 24, to commemorate the re-initiation of Cuba’s War of Independence.
Wreaths were also laid on behalf of the Councils of State and Ministers and the people of Cuba during the tribute by the Revolutionary Armed Forces and the population of Santiago at the majestic mausoleum to the Apostle in the Santa Ifigenia cemetery.
The tribute began with the traditional changing of the guard, a solemn ceremony which was performed by cadets of the Arides Estévez Sánchez Higher Military School, Antonio Maceo Order, and students of the Camilo Cienfuegos Military School of Mayabeque, who were selected due to their academic achievements.
The tribute was led by Party and government officials and heads of the Revolutionary Armed Forces in the territory, and attended by FAR combatants, members of the Association of Combatants of the Cuban Revolution, students and Santiago residents in general, each of whom carried flowers for the Maestro.
As is traditional, in tribute to the town of Baire, in the Santiago municipality of Contramaestre, which played a key role in the independence struggle, residents hoisted the national flag and laid a wreath at the statue of Martí in the central Parque de la Revolución.
Following the sounding of the Mambí bugle call, a poignant political-cultural event was held, followed by a parade to the local cemetery where tributes were paid to key figures of the independence struggle such as Jesús Rabí, Saturnino Lora and Florencio Salcedo, as well as other martyrs of the Revolution, whose remains rest there.