“The 26th of July has passed into the annals of the long and heroic struggle of our homeland for its freedom as an historical date.  Certainly it was not this supreme honour that was guiding us on that day, we the men who wanted to take this fortress. "Duty must be carried out with simplicity and naturalness”, Martí declared.  The fulfillment of a duty led us to this action without any one giving a thought to the glories and honours of this struggle”. 

 

Speech in clebration of the XX Anniversary of the attack on Moncada Barracks, Santiago de Cuba, July 26, 1973