The Mario Muñoz mausoleum located in the heart of the Sierra Maestra, on Esperanza Hill, yesterday January 11 was the site of a military ceremony presided by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, for the reburial of remains of combatants who fell in the War of Liberation or after the triumph of the Revolution.
The sacred site received, with the day’s first light, the worthy sons of the homeland who shed their blood for our freedom, or dedicated their lives to the Revolution, to be interred alongside Comandante de la Revolución Juan Almeida Bosque who founded the Third Front here and whose remains occupy the highest point of the site.
Along the route taken by the six vehicles that carried urns covered in Cuban flags from the museum in Cruce de los Baños to the cemetery, the population paid tribute to the combatants.
With the urns placed on pedestals at the center of the site for the ceremony, First Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, recalled the unforgettable loyalty and heroism of the guerillas led by Almeida, noting the key role they played in defeating the Batista dictatorship, and emphasizing that Cuba honors its heroes with pride, just as they, in their day, defended our independence.
As a squad from the Eastern Army fired three honorary rounds of artillery and the national anthem was played, sealed in niches were the urns of three rebel comandantes, seven captains, five first lieutenants, one lieutenant, and 17 soldiers, including three women.
Once the ceremony was concluded, President Raúl Castro Ruz placed a white rose at the grave of his brother in struggle Juan Almeida, with whom he shared the assault on the Moncada, the Granma expedition, and the guerilla war in the Sierra Maestra.
Also on hand were other members of the Political Bureau; leaders of the Party and state; high-ranking officers of the Revolutionary Armed Forces and the Ministry of the Interior; leaders of the Association of Combatants of the Cuban Revolution; Lázaro Expósito Canto, first Party secretary in the province; relatives of Comandante Almeida; and Third Front combatants, led by their second in command, Comandante de la Revolución Guillermo García Frías. (Taken from en.granma.cu)