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Marti pinturaThe First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba’s Central Committee, Army General Raul Castro Ruz, and the President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, sent tributes yesterday, May 19, to José Martí, whose fruitful life, 125 years after his glorious death in combat, continues to guide a Revolution “with all and for the good of all.”

Just as the sun touched the tomb covered by a Cuban flag that holds the Apostle’s remains, in the city’s Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, floral wreaths to honor our national hero were deposited, in the names of Raúl and Díaz-Canel, by Lázaro Expósito Canto and Beatriz Johnson Urrutia, president and vice-president of the Provincial Defense Council, respectively.

Two other wreaths, with carnations, lilies and white roses, were delivered from the President of the National Assembly of People’s Power and the Council of State, Esteban Lazo Hernández, and the people of Cuba.

To highlight the continuing relevance of Martí’s thought, on this May 19, President Díaz-Canel tweeted: “125 years ago, upon his death, Martí entered eternity. He had said: I know how to disappear, but my thought will not disappear. Fidel brought him to our days and his followers will not let him disappear.”

In another message, he pointed out: “Martí lives in every one of the Cuban Revolution’s works of resistance and creation, and in every act of dedication and sacrifice of those who go around the world saving lives under the principle of Homeland is Humanity.”

In addition, Martí’s warning of the danger posed by the United States to Cuba’s independence was also recalled by Díaz-Canel on the occasion: “The Apostle falls in combat, and in an unfinished letter, he warns of the dangerous plans of the empire against Cuba and Our America. History confirms his prediction and affirms our rebellion.”

White flowers in young hands, and a few individuals carrying the love of a country, also paid tribute to Cuba’s national hero in Dos Ríos, the exact site of his death in combat, which is today within the municipality of Jiguaní, in Granma province.

ACN reported that, although the traditional gathering here was not possible given the COVID-19 heath emergency, the commemoration led by Party and government authorities reaffirmed the continuing validity of the Apostle’s thought, kept alive by Fidel, who identified José Martí as the “intellectual author” of our victorious struggles.

(Source: Granma)

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