A great act was held at the Latin-American Stadium Saturday June 4 to inaugurate what will be the Year of Combat Preparation with the grouping of Troops from Havana.
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Background: A great act was held at the Latin-American Stadium Saturday June 4 to inaugurate what will be the Year of Combat Preparation with the grouping of Troops from Havana.
The important activity takes place throughout the country under the state of alert decreed by Commander Fidel Castro following the treacherous crime committed against the Cuban soldier Luis Ramirez Lopez who was assassinated at his post by shots fired from the American Naval Base in Caimanora which is illegally occupied by United States Forces.
From early noon tons of thousands of reserve troops started to concentrate at different points who, in spite of the continuous rain that fell all afternoon, filled the Stadium to capacity overflowing into the adjacent streets.
The act opened with the vibrant notes of the National Anthem and then followed the company ceremonies presented by the General Staff of the Revolutionary Armed Forced which carried out various manouvers. This was followed by the "Advance" ballot featuring the great Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso. Later a magnificent Gymnastics composition was offered by 900 members of the reserve troops.
The summary speech was in charge of the President of the Republic and member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, Dr. Osvaldo Dorticos Torrado. Sharing the presidential rostrum with the President were Prime Minister Commander Fidel Castro, the Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, Commander Raul Castro and other commanders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces.