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With the dawn’s first light, and the placement of a floral wreath beside the monumental boulder where the ashes of Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz rest, in Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, the tribute to the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution began on the third anniversary of his physical disappearance.

Santiago de Cuba – The city he called “the strongest stronghold of the Revolution,” marched again with Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz, on the third anniversary of Army General Raul Castro Ruz’s farewell.

The people of Santiago reiterated their response to U.S. imperialism that the tightening of the blockade brings greater unity among Cubans. Such determination marked the procession of thousands of workers, youth, students, and the city’s people in general, from Antonio Maceo Plaza de la Revolución, along Patria Avenue to the cemetery, re-enacting the journey of the small cedar urn bearing five letters: Fidel, with all the glory of the world.

The first tribute was the placement of a floral wreath before the monumental boulder in Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, in the name of the Cuban people, accompanied by Brigadier General José Solar Hernández and medical student Josefina Pósper Bruff, in the presence of Lázaro Expósito Canto and Beatriz Johnson Urrutia, members of the Party Central Committee and top party and government authorities, respectively, in the province.“I think paying tribute to the father we had, and will always have, is a real honor,” said young musician Juan Guillermo Almeida.

Thus, once again, the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution has convoked the Cuban people, and, representing the entire nation, the city he visited on more than 150 occasions has marched en masse to show the world that continuity in Cuba means determination, loyalty, and unwavering commitment.