Sergio and I had the privilege of being at
the command post located on the right of the Almendares estuary at dawn of
April 15, forty six years ago, when US B-26 bombers with Cuban insignias,
piloted by mercenaries, attacked the air bases of Ciudad Libertad,
It was a pre-emptive attack on this dark corner of the world.
would phone Sergio from any town near the central highway as I headed for the
the midst of the battle waged by our infantry and our tanks there, from the
command post, he informed me that the enemy was launching an attack to the west
of the capital. It was rather a diversion the
with Camilo, Sergio, you had set off for Pinar del
You and I were also together at the command post during the Missile Crisis of 1962, when we were on the brink of a nuclear war.
We have lived exceptional moments which repeat themselves posing ever greater threats to humanity. Your lessons and the example you set shall live on.
I pay tribute to your memory.
Fidel Castro Ruz