OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE
Artistic performances accompanied activities to celebrate the 56th anniversary of the victory at Playa Girón. Photo: Ventura de Jesús García

Ciénaga de Zapata.- Fidel’s example of integrity and morale, the determining factor in Cuba’s triumph at Playa Girón, was recognized during an act celebrating the 56th anniversary of this historic event which has come to symbolize the heroism of the Cuban people.
Hundreds of locals, gathered near the sands of Playa Girón, recalled the man who led revolutionary forces to an irrefutably victory over a mercenary invasion orchestrated by the U.S. government.
Fidel’s talents as military strategist and his ability to take command at crucial moments have been recognized. His physical presence at the scene of the invasion contributed to keeping morale high among the militias and was decisive to their victory in those glorious days of April 1961, stated Kenia Otaño, a young resident from Ciénaga de Zapata, speaking during the act.  
Meanwhile, combatant Peña Flor Gallo, who participated in the resistance, highlighted the importance of the unity of the Cuban people to securing victory; noting that this was the first time the government had given arms to the masses (militias, workers, campesinos) to defend the sovereignty of their homeland.
Also recalled during the act was the historical importance and moral lessons of Girón, which continue to grow and prove that a people committed to fighting to defend their sovereignty cannot be defeated.
Meanwhile, a total of 56 youths received their Young Communist League membership cards, while the same number of combatants were presented with a commemorative medal in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Revolutionary Armed Forces.
The act was presided by Jorge Cuevas Ramos, a member of the Party Central Committee Secretariat; Major General Raúl Rodríguez Lobaina, head of the Central Army; as well as Teresa Rojas Monzón, first Party secretary in Matanzas, and Tania León Silveira, president of the Provisional Assembly of People’s Power.
Also in attendance were combatants who fought at Girón; Nemesia Rodríguez and her family, and José Luis Centella Gómez, Secretary General of the Communist Party of Spain.
Speaking during the act, Party Provincial Bureau member, Hidovaldo Díaz Martínez, highlighted the extraordinary impact of the triumph, noting that 56 years on Playa Girón continues to be a shining example and proof of the immoral and deceitful measures used by the United States to attack other countries.