Funeral honors to Gino Doné. Photo: Roberto Garaicoa Martínez/ Cubadebate

The last wish of the Italian Gino Doné, the only European expedition member of the yacht Granma, was that his remains rest definitively in Cuba, a country to which he loved and gave part of his most heartfelt struggles. On December 2, the 67th anniversary of the historic landing in eastern Cuba, his ashes were deposited with military honors in the Pantheon of the Veterans of the necropolis of Columbus in Havana.

Accompanying this moment of tribute to the outstanding combatant, who also participated as a partisan against fascism in World War II, were the floral offerings on behalf of Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, and Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, first secretary of the Central Committee of the Party and president of the Republic.

In a special way, the Commander of the Revolution Ramiro Valdés Menéndez; the Commander of the Rebel Army, José Ramón Machado Ventura; Army Corps General Álvaro López Miera, member of the Political Bureau and Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR), as well as Granma expedition members.

Funeral honors to Gino Doné. Photo: Roberto Garaicoa Martínez/ Cubadebate

Among those who thanked the life and work of the Italian fighter was the president of the Italy-Cuba National Friendship Association, Marcos Papacci, who recalled that the tribute is made on a historic date for the Greater Antilles, when the Day of the FAR is also celebrated.

"It has been 67 years since the landing of the yacht Granma and 15 since the death of Gino Doné, a man who always carried Cuba deep inside and asked to rest eternally in this land. After the efforts of several people and institutions, today we are complying with their wishes," Papacci said.

Funeral honors to Gino Doné. Photo: Roberto Garaicoa Martínez/ Cubadebate

Funeral honors to Gino Doné. Photo: Roberto Garaicoa Martínez/ Cubadebate

Funeral honors to Gino Doné. Photo: Roberto Garaicoa Martínez/ Cubadebate

Funeral honors to Gino Doné. Photo: Roberto Garaicoa Martínez/ Cubadebate

Funeral honors to Gino Doné. Photo: Roberto Garaicoa Martínez/ Cubadebate

Funeral honors to Gino Doné. Photo: Roberto Garaicoa Martínez/ Cubadebate

(With information from Juventud Rebelde)

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