Photo: Congress Members Honor Bay of Pigs Veterans
Five decades after these brave Cuban men volunteered to participate in what turned out to be a giant blunder, Congress has decided to honor their courage.
“Though the operation was not successful, the dedication and commitment that these brave individuals illustrated during the conflict was exceptional,” Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., said on the House floor. “The men who fought courageously on that historic day came from many backgrounds, but all cared for the freedom and liberty of Cuba.”
These men, survivors of the 2506th brigade are an example of true courage. Despite finding themselves waging a war against a local army 50 times their size, they did not lost their resolve for even a second. Today, 50 years later, they still dream of a democratic Cuba.
“I never have lost my hope, not at all,” said 75-year-old vet Jorge Gutierrez-Izaguirre. “That’s the last thing they can take away.”