By Martha Gómez Ferrals / ACN

The Cuban people have found multiple ways to mitigate the immense pain felt at the death of Commander Camilo Cienfuegos, who disappeared in an aircraft accident on October 28, 1959, the year of the triumph of the Revolution to which he had contributed as a brilliant guerrilla leader in the Sierra Maestra.

It is a known truth that in all these years since the Cesna 310-C where he was traveling, manned by First Lieutenant Luciano Fariñas, 32, as a pilot, and his escort, the 28-year-old Félix Rodríguez, fell into the sea in On a stormy sunset, Cubans have not stopped pilgrimage, on the mourning date, to coasts and coastlines, including rivers, lagoons and dams, to dedicate loving flowers to the Hero of Yaguajay, always in memory. 

Perhaps the most notorious tribute of the soul of the nation has been that, for its fidelity and spiritual charge. But he is not the only one, because Camilo has lived, always reborn, in the actions of the people who learned to love him for his feats, his courage and his frank and overflowing Cubanness. 

An example of this is materialized in the operation of the Camilo Cienfuegos Military School system, scattered throughout several provinces of the country, in which young people with high preparation for defense have been trained, while they have studied secondary education that it inclines them and trains them with discipline for future university careers, such as medicine in the military sector, and others of high national priority. 

The happy and beautiful Camilitos - girls and boys - have been and are children of workers, peasants, professionals, teachers and combatants and they represent the best and most distinguished of the town where Camilo Cienfuegos came from, something that the leader Fidel Castro recognized one day when he affirmed that in the Cuban people there were many Camilos. 

And it must be said again that the previous example is equally exceeded and enriched by the people, every day, whenever the Homeland has required the participation of young people, adults, women and men: of all the people to fulfill defense tasks, of the development and advancement of the society that is built under the pressure and sabotage of a brutal blockade. 

In current times, Camilo and his close guerrilla companion, Che Guevara, who carried out the decisive rebel invasion towards the West at the end of 1958, once again inspire the actions of the members of the medical contingents, such as the Henry Reeve brigade. and the detachments created for the assistance, often consecrated and heroic, to the patients of Covid-19. 

There is a vital current that speaks clearly and says that Camilo also lives in the young and experienced scientists, doctors, teachers, rural women and men who today deploy enormous efforts for food sovereignty, in the volunteers of the CDR and the Federation of Cuban women, in the law enforcement officers who have worked side by side in the assistance and recovery phases through which their areas have passed, in the press and transport workers ...

There would be countless examples of the actions that speak of the permanence of the Lord of Vanguadia, who died by chance of life when he was only 27 years old, and he continued to be a promise as an advanced human being, patriot, upright and complete that he was. 

They say that it was full of projects not only in the field of revolutionary activities, but also personally, as he mentioned future marriage. 

He was returning from Camagüey, where he had gone to conjure up a case of high treason and had carried it out with courage, when the accident occurred in the small aircraft in which he was traveling. 

It is not known where it could have occurred, and for that reason the entire area of ​​the long journey was searched exhaustively for several days. His two companions were proven and valuable revolutionaries: an experienced pilot and Felix, the youngest, had been a member of the Antonio Maceo Column, led by Camilo in its extension of the rebel offensive to the West. 

The immortal Hero of Yaguajay was born in the popular neighborhood of Lawton, in the Cuban capital, on February 6, 1932, the son of two Spanish emigrants who instilled in him values ​​such as honesty, solidarity and a Marti training. 

Before making the decision to join the Granma yacht expedition, prepared by Fidel Castro from Mexico, Camilo had fled in Havana participating in strikes and demonstrations to combat the injustices of the tyrant Fulgencio Batista. 

He was later one of the most audacious combatants of the nascent Rebel Army, under the command of Fidel, Che and Juan Almeida until in April 1958 he deserved the rank of Commander. (Photo: Rodolfo Blanco Cue / ACN) 


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