Ceremony in Santiago de Cuba. Foto: Miguel Noa Menéndez / CubadebateJust as the Centenary Generation embraced the emancipatory ideas of the patriots who waged Cuba’s wars of independence, and held these ideas close as they assaulted the Moncada Garrison that July 26, of 1953, today representatives of younger generations of Cubans enter what is now a school led by the hands of those men who risked their lives to win freedom that morning of St. Anne’s Day.

Thus began the national commemoration of the 62nd anniversary of the historic assaults on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Garrisons, reaffirming the historic continuity of the ideas which sustain the Cuban Revolution and lead it toward the future.

Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers presided the celebration, also attended by several members of the Party Political Bureau and the Council of State; provincial Party and government leaders; veterans of the Granma expedition and the underground struggle; decorated Heroes of the Republic; friends of Cuba; and representatives of the people of Santiago.

After the poem by Indio Naborí “Era la mañana de la Santa Ana” was recited by an elementary school pionera, and the national anthem sung, the list was read of those who fell during the action, or were assassinated by the Batista dictatorship as a reprisal for the young revolutionaries’ audacity.

Fourth-grader Chanel de las Mercedes Chapel Rodríguez, addressed the gathering and recalled what Cuba was like before January 1, 1959. She emphasized the duty younger generations have to those who made the Revolution, to study and preserve the conquests made.

Internationalist doctor Emiliano Sosa also spoke during the commemoration, while a number of musical numbers were heard, including Canción del 26, by Jesús Cos Cauce; Clarinada, by Eddy Ochoa performed by the Esteban Salas Conservatory’s youth orchestra; songs by Santiago art school choirs; and Gesta del Moncada, by the traditional septet Tibolí.

Source: Granma / RedGlobe