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Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Ignacio Agramonte: Independence or death, be our cry forever!
By Esther Borges Moya
Ignacio Agramonte Loynaz is still in the eternal blaze of the collective memory, even today December 23rd, 2008; when Camagüey celebrates the 168th birthday of a fearless and flawless man, a man that was a warlord and a gentleman, paradigm of his time. A leader that still rides in Camaguey's flat green on horses of wind and steel, Agramonte is also in the murmuring breeze that waves the waters of the Hatibonico and the Maximo rivers; and in the hands of the worker, in the woman, the boy and the old man.
He’s also present in the teacher, in the inquisitive eyes of many social workers, of tenderness and fire, which carry the virtue of being faithful, beautiful word that in my own dictionary always means Fidel.
Ignacio, our Ignacio, is in the air breathed by the local people, in the hart and the brain of the peaceful Camagueyans, whose greatest pride is to be called Agramontinos.
Cuba’s National Hero José Martí called him “a diamond with the soul of a kiss,” and for me he is also made up of marble and light.
Ignacio Agramonte was a noble birth young man (was born on December, 23, 1841) who became a brilliant lawyer in a epoch when the island was a slave of Spain.
During the war of independence he organized the Camagueyan cavalry, founded workshops, places of subsistence for his soldiers and the starving population, and led victorious attacks against the Spanish colonialist army.
He was an honest man that did not permit any privileges, and was an example of virtue and severity.
The streets of Camaguey, witness of his birth and glory, were strewn with his own ashes that germinated in the rebel spirit of his land, yesterday important scenario of the battle for the independence of Cuba, today a place of peace and of hope.
So, following his example the people from Camagüey are strongest today, and are proud of being Agramontinos, the people who make every day a better work.
Cuban President Fidel Castro said, on May 11, 1973 in occasion of another anniversary of his death:
"And if we want to know how the Camagüeyans should be in this fight against poverty, in this fight for the development, in this fight for the Revolution: Like Ignacio Agramonte's soldiers! And to charge like his glorious chivalry did in that glorious war!".
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