As part of the celebrations that began very early with impressive parades across the island this May Day, a series of honors went to men and women who have proven to be outstanding workers.
In a ceremony presided over by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, 67 workers and five work collectives received recognitions. According to Ermela García Santiago, a member of the National Secretariat of the Cuban Workers' Federation (CTC), these exceptional workers are the pride of the nation, providing an example through their efforts.
Following a proposal from the President, Lázaro Expósito Canto, first secretary of the Communist Party in Santiago de Cuba, was awarded the honorary title of Hero of Labor of the Republic of Cuba, “for being a steadfast soldier of each task, a fighter for efficiency, for demanding that things are done well (…), mobilizing the masses, calling on each to fulfill his/her duty, being a rank and file worker when the example and demonstration of know-how are required.”
Also following a proposal from Raúl, Carlos Alberto Cremata Malberti, director of the La Colmenita children's theater company, received the honorary title of Hero of Labor of the Republic of Cuba, for his labor of love, his tireless endeavors and the search for the essence of life in each of his works.
The Army General also awarded this recognition to Inorbis Román Caraballo, a teacher from Guantánamo, who has devoted nearly fifty years to educating children, and to Juan Ricardo Santiesteban, a mason from Granma, who for more than 40 years has been immersed in the construction sector.
They join nine other men and women who, on a proposal from the CTC, were also presented with the highest honor a Cuban worker can receive, this time by José Ramón Machado Ventura, second secretary of the Party, and Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers.
The ceremony also saw other workers and collectives presented with the Lázaro Peña Order, in the first, second and third grades, and the Jesús Menéndez Medal. Raúl congratulated them all on behalf of the Party Political Bureau.
To the tune of the song “Venga la Esperanza” by Silvio Rodríguez, the children of La Colmenita offered a beautiful conclusion to a ceremony that paid tribune to creative work and the driving forces behind it.