Raúl Castro Presides Over Patriotic Ceremony in Santiago de Cuba

The continuity of the Cuban independence wars was highlighted today during a ceremony to mark the 149th anniversary of the start of the first Cuban independence struggle, on October 10, 1868.

The observance, presided by Cuban president Raul Castro, was held in Santiago de Cuba’s Santa Ifigenia Cemetery.

Tribute to Cuban Independence Heroes in Santiago

It began with a military tribute and the burial of the remains of the “Father of the Homeland”, Carlos Manuel de Cespedes (1819-1874) and the “Mother of the Homeland”, Mariana Grajales (1815-1893), mother of the Maceo brothers, next to the pantheons of José Marti and former President Fidel Castro.

Havana’s Historian, Eusebio Leal, delivered the keynote address in the ceremony. He noted that the relocation of Cespedes and Grajales’ tombs to the most prominent site of the cemetery will benefit the teaching of Cuban history and patriotic and national sentiments.

In his remarks, Leal summarized the lives and extraordinary contributions of both patriots to the struggle for the independence of the island nation.

The Historian of Havana recalled that next year will mark the 150th anniversary of October 10, and he urged Cubans to solemnly mark the event.

At the end of the ceremony, Cuban President Raul Castro and other high ranking officials in attendance paid tribute to Cespedes and Grajales, Jose Marti, Fidel Castro and other heroes fallen in the island’s struggles.

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Tributes to Céspedes and Mariana this October 10

On the occasion of the 149th anniversary of the launch of the War of Independence at the Demajagua sugar mill, this October 10, a political act and military ceremony of internment of the remains of independence heroes Carlos Manuel de Céspedes and Mariana Grajales will take place at the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery in Santiago de Cuba, from 7.00 am.

In order that the Cuban people and international visitors may pay tribute to both of these independence figures, at the same time as National Hero José Martí, and the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz, both the funerary monument to Céspedes, and the tomb of Mariana, were carefully relocated to the central area of the cemetery.

The act and military ceremony, which will see the attendance of more than 350 guests from the eastern provinces and Camagüey, will be broadcast live on television channels Cubavision and Cubavisión International, and on Radio Rebelde and Radio Habana Cuba.

From 9.00 am, the people of Santiago, representing all of Cuba, will pay tribute to Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, Mariana Grajales, José Martí, and Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro, on this important historical date.

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