OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE

PINAR DEL RÍO.– Heroes who participated in the assaults on the Moncada and Manuel de Céspedes Garrisons, on July 26, 1953, and the Granma yacht expedition, are touring sites of historic, social and economic interest in this province, as part of the activities to mark National Rebellion Day, this July 26.

The visit, which will continue through July 26 itself, includes museums, community projects and some of the restoration works recently undertaken across the province.

During the first day of their tour, for example, the group could appreciate the transformations in the Parque José Martí; the restoration of the monument to the Bronze Titan, Antonio Maceo, at the site of the battle of Las Taironas; and exchanged with the main Party and government authorities in Vueltabajo, who presented a summary of the main achievements of the territory and the challenges ahead.

In this regard, Moncada combatant Ramón Gerardo Gutiérrez Santos told Granma that the achievements of Pinar del Río, seen in indicators such as its low infant and maternal mortality rates, and in a range of areas where the Revolution has worked intensely, are impressive.

“If there is one province that I had visited many times, it is this one, and today when I arrived here I was astonished. I believe they have earned the right to host the July 26 celebrations,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, Ramón Pez Ferro, another of the participants in the Moncada assault, noted that touring Vueltabajo is, for him, a double cause for satisfaction, “In addition to what we are celebrating, as I am from Pinar del Río.”

Pez Ferro referred to the changes that the province has experienced, and stated that “it can no longer be referred to as the “black sheep” of the country, thanks to the important achievements in all aspects.”

Regarding the events to mark July 26, he noted: “The Revolution has offered the best of tributes to the Moncada martyrs, as it has achieved the realization of the dreams of those compañeros who died for the Homeland.”