Santiago de Cuba_ Army General Raul Castro, First Secretary of the Party, delivered the closing words of the cultural political event for the 65th anniversary of the assaults on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Barracks, held this morning in the Hero City.

In the slight body of Consuelo Alfonso Serrano, the first militancy of a woman in the 26 de Julio Movement was nested. Her smooth gestures contrast with her way of talking. It seems that she fears that she will not have enough time to count with astonishing naturalness all that she has experienced that makes her life extraordinary.

Guillermo Elizalde Sotolongo, being only 23 years old, accompanied Fidel to the assault of the second military fortress of Cuba, on July 26, 1953. Despite his historical merits, he is considered the same guajirito from Nueva Paz, who was one day selected to star in that feat.

Vegas, in Nueva Paz, saw him born to Orbeín Hernández Díaz on March 23, 1931, but when he was nine years old, he moved to Madruga. He was an outstanding fighter of the revolutionary struggles, participant in the assault on the Moncada Barracks.

Fidel had had the idea for some time; the plan was forged with zeal and unconditional offering. A group of young people, without knowing the details, accepted the challenge. Behind the unknown a certainty, fight for freedom until conquering it.

"I am alive miraculously", was the phrase that Gerardo Sosa Rodríguez once said when he remembered those days, when he decided to change the course of his country together with a group of men.