At the Havana cinema located on the corner of 23rd and 12th streets, almost half a block from where Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro proclaimed the socialist character of the Cuban Revolution on April 16, 1961, the 56th anniversary of this historic date was celebrated. The declaration by Fidel came during the funeral acts for those who had been killed during the aerial bombardment against the air bases of Ciudad Libertad, San Antonio de los Baños and Santiago de Cuba, which served as a prelude to the invasion of Playa Girón.
According to Yuniasky Crespo, a member of the Executive Bureau of the provincial Party committee in Havana, the victory of Playa Girón demonstrated to the world what the Cuban people were capable of.
Speaking during the event held on April 16, Crespo stressed that the anniversary marked a day of honor and glory, of respect, sacrifice and commitment. The event was attended by the highest representatives of the Party and the government in the capital: Mercedes López Acea, member of the Party Political Bureau and a vice president of the Council of State; and Reinaldo García Zapata, respectively.
The 60th Anniversary of the Revolutionary Armed Forces medal was also presented to representatives of the combatants of Playa Girón, in recognition of their revolutionary efforts.
Upon receiving this distinction, we pay tribute to all those heroes who have given their lives for our independence, and in fulfillment of internationalist missions, expressed Reserves Colonel Alfonso Núñez Legué, on behalf of those presented with the medal.
We receive this medal, he added, with the pride of having served Cuba, and with the determination to defend her dignity and sovereignty.