In Havana, Cuba, I, Zeb the Duck visited the Plaza of the Revolution. A huge plaza!
We came mainly to view three major monuments. The first is to honor Jose Marti. This monument at 138.5 meters is Havana’s tallest structure. Jose Marti is a national hero in Cuba.
Jose Marti helped organize the Cuban Revolutionary Party, laying the groundwork for the Second Independence War with Spain. Jose Marti was killed early in this war. He was elevated to the status of martyr in 1895. In front of Havana’s tallest structure, is a 17-meter statue of Jose Marti seated, in the Thinker position. This monument has a museum and an elevator that takes you to the top for fantastic views of Havana.
The second monument is on the side of a telecommunications building. A picture of Camilo Cienfuegos is on the outside of the building with the words, “Vas bien Fidel.” These words are not always well known to non-Cubans, but were important during the revolution. The story behind these words is that during a speech by Fidel in 1959, Fidel paused and turned to Camilo Cienfuegos who was standing behind him. Fidel asked Camilo “Voy bien Camilo” (Am I doing OK Camilo). Camilo Cienfuegos replied, “Vas bien Fidel” (You’re doing OK Fidel).
About that time someone in the crowd released white doves and one landed on Fidel’s shoulder. This reinforced the idea that Fidel had received a divine calling. Soon, “Vas bien Fidel” became a rallying call for the revolution. Camilo Cienfuegos was very popular with the Cuban people, second only to Fidel Castro. Camilo Cienfuegos died in a plan crash October 1959, traveling from Camaguey to Havana. He became one of the earliest martyrs of the revolution.
Monument number three, honoring Che Guevara is on the Ministerio del Interior building. The huge mural of Che Guevara contains the words “Hasta la Victoria Siempre” (Always toward Victory).
Che Guevara, a trained physician, from Argentina, met Raul Castro in Guatemala. Raul later introduced Che to Fidel Castro in Mexico City in 1955. The meeting of Che Guevara and Fidel and Raul Castro changed the course of history. Che Guevara was a definite leader in the Cuban revolution and later helped with other revolutions until his death in October 1967 while he was in Bolivia.
You will notice that I, Zeb the Duck, am not in any of these photos. The monuments are just too big for a duck. However I was at the Plaza de la Revolution.
My job was very important—I drove the bus.