Raúl heads tribute of the people

GENERAL of the Army Raúl Castro Ruz, president of the Councils of State and Ministers, led the tribute given yesterday by the Cuban people to Commander of the Revolution Juan Almeida. 

Your browser may not support display of this image. Together with Almeida’s family, those present included members of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Cuba, its Central Committee, and other high-ranking Cuban leaders who, visibly moved, placed flowers in front of a photo of the Hero of the Republic of Cuba, surrounded by wreaths and a display of they many decorations he received during his revolutionary career.  

Flags at half-mast and silent plazas received more than two million Cubans who, saddened at the loss of one of their homeland’s most loyal men, joined in endless, hushed lines at 370 points located in provincial and municipal capitals and major towns to pay just tribute to Commander of the Revolution Juan Almeida Bosque. 

In front of a photo of the comandante, placed in the most emblematic sites of every corner of the country, there were bows, tears, military salutes, conspiratorial winks and flowers left by children who surely heard, as their parents conversed, about the greatness of the man who everyone is remembering today. There was no tranquility for any Cuban after learning of the painful news.  

Thus, it was that, in sad silence and immense patriotism that Cuba experienced this 13th of September. In the capital, tens of thousands of people paid tribute to Juan Almeida in a constant flow that began at 8 a.m. and continued until 8 p.m., when José Ramón Machado Ventura, first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers, Esteban Lazo Hernández, Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada and Pedro Sáez Montejo, all members of the Political Bureau, stood as the last honor guard for the beloved Commander of the Revolution.  

There in the heroic city of Santiago de Cuba, in the Major General Antonio Maceo Plaza, a well-merited tribute was paid to the man who was a Granma expeditionary, participant in the assault on the Moncada, and Communist Party delegate in Oriente province. The posthumous tribute was marked by the sobriety, consternation, and grief in bidding farewell to the eternal compañero, the leader, and the member of the contingent of young rebels who, in that very land, initiated the struggle toward victory.

Today, Cuba vibrated with emotion for the Commander of the Revolution, for the man who lived for his people, from whom he received and will always receive the deepest respect and admiration. (Team of correspondents) 

Translated by Granma International

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