On the 62nd anniversary of the assault on the Moncada barracks in Santiago de Cuba, and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, in Bayamo, the Cuban people reaffirms its pride and manifest respect for this group of young revolutionaries who unhesitatingly endorsed the maximum We're in combat!
Minutes before starting the attack, the main organizer, Fidel Castro Ruz, stated:
"Comrades, You may win within a few hours or be defeated, but anyway, Hear it well, comrades!, in any case the movement will triumph. If we win tomorrow, what Marti longed will be done, If the contrary happens, the gesture will be an example to the people of Cuba, to take the flag and go on. The people will support us in the East and in the whole island. Centennial Youth of the Apostle! As in the 68 and the 95, here in the East we launch the first cry of Freedom or death! You already know the plan objectives. It is certainly dangerous and everyone who comes with me here tonight to do so for his absolute will. There is still time to decide. Anyway, some will have to stay for lack of weapons. Those who are determined to go, take a step forward. The slogan is not to kill but when needed."
The heroic action held on 'July 26th, 1953' failed, however; it became the flame of the Rebel Army Victory on 'January 1st, 1959'. The event that gave birth to the National Rebellion Day, becomes conducive to the well-deserved tribute to the courage, strength and revolutionary braveness of the Cuban people which loves and defends its history, dignifies it and never forgets the statement by Fidel in his plea of self-defense:
"As for me, I know that prison will be tough as it has never been for anyone, impregnated of threats, vile and cowardly ferocity, but do not fear it, as I don´t fear the fury of the miserable tyrant which took the lives of 70 of my brothers. Condemn me, it does not matter. History will absolve me. ''