Fidel Laid to Rest
by Stephen Lendman
After nine official days of mourning, following his November 25 passing, along with moving tributes to an anti-imperial revolutionary giant, Fidel was laid to rest Sunday in a private ceremony in Santiago’s Ifigenia cemetery beside “Apostle of Cuban Independence” Jose Marti.
A wooden box containing his ashes was interred, Sunday’s early morning ceremony attended by family members, Cuban political officials and Latin American leaders.
At 6:39 AM, a military caravan bearing his remains in a flag-draped coffin left Santiago’s Plaza de la Revolucion for his simple ceremonial burial.
Thousands lined the two-mile route, waving Cuban flags and chanting “Long live Fidel!” He’s interred in a granite boulder, identified with the name “Fidel” in gold letters on a green marble plaque, the only official monument to his memory - in recognition of decades of service to his country and humanity.
His interment was simple and private with no speeches, a quiet ceremonial tribute.
His flesh is gone. His spirit remains eternal.
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