The three Marines who lowered the flag at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba 54 years ago will have the honor of raising it again Friday as diplomatic relationships between the two countries are restored.
A moving video released by the State Department on Wednesday shows retired Gunnery Sgts. Mike East and Jim Tracy and Cpl. Larry Morris reminiscing about their final day of embassy guard duty in Havana on Jan. 4, 1961. As they recalled lowering the flag more than five decades ago, some of the Marine veterans were brought to tears.
“To see Old Glory flying the last time in Cuba, you know, it was … it didn’t seem right. Seemed like something was wrong,” East said.
The embassy had solicited for volunteers to bring the flag down, and the three Marines jumped at the chance.