REMEMBER THE MAINE!

Down here, in South Florida, Cuba seems to be in the Media every single day. There are many, many Cuban-Americans, most of whom have blended in with the American Way-of-Life, as well as Floridians who have roots to many other Countries, both in Latin America and the Caribbean. For me, that just adds spice to life.

“Remember the Maine” was a War Cry that was often shouted during the Spanish-American War. The USS Maine was sunk in Havana Harbor, in February of 1998. That War ended in in August of 1898, with Spain ceding Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines and Guam to the United States.

In 1925, Cuba established a Monument to The Maine, inscribing the names of All 266 Hands that were Lost on the Historic Ship. The Monument was a tribute to the Friendship that bound the two neighboring Countries. When Fidel Castro overthrew the Batista Government, however, that Friendship quickly soured.

Soon after Castro came to power, he was shunned by the U.S.; but, he was embraced by the Soviet Union. Remember that that was during The Cold War. Over the past fifty years, any sort of working agreements, even for necessities such as food and medicine, have been slow in coming. Local Cuban-Americans have continued to encourage Washington not to Warm-Up to the Island Nation. They have, accordingly, mostly voted Republican ever since.

Over the years, the Maine Monument had certainly begun to show its age. That’s just something that comes from erosion, vandalism, acid rain, etc. Recently, Cuba has begun to refurbish the Monument, as described in the linked story from the Associated Press: http://hosted2.ap.org/OREUG/86053d8662944f7698388c63189f97c6/Article_2013-02-15-Cuba-USS%20Maine/id-47bf88f05325466699ee0ffcf9013a84. To many, the Monument reflects the symbolism of the relationship between the two Countries. Let’s hope that the wind shines brightly on The Maine Monument.

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