US Flag Flies Over Embassy in Cuba For First Time In 54 Years

Secretary of State John Kerry came to Cuba on Friday and raised the American flag above the U.S. Embassy for the first time in 54 years.

Members of the U.S. Marines raise the U.S. flag over the newly reopened embassy in Havana, Cuba, August 14, 2015. Watched over by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Marines raised the American flag at the embassy in Cuba for the first time in 54 years on Friday, symbolically ushering in an era of renewed diplomatic relations between the two Cold War-era foes. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool

Members of the U.S. Marines raise the U.S. flag over the newly reopened embassy in Havana, Cuba, August 14, 2015. Watched over by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Marines raised the American flag at the embassy in Cuba for the first time in 54 years on Friday, symbolically ushering in an era of renewed diplomatic relations between the two Cold War-era foes. Photo: REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool

“Thank you for joining us at this truly historic moment as we prepare to raise the flag … symbolizing the restoration of diplomatic relations after 54 years,” Kerry said at the ceremony, addressing the crowd in both English and Spanish.

Kerry’s visit marks the symbolic end of one of the last vestiges of the Cold War. But signs of mistrust linger, and beyond the pomp and circumstance lies a long road back from more than half a century of diplomatic animosity.




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