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For Immediate Release:
February 17, 2017
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Marie Holborow
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Commissioner Martinez to host the third anniversary commemoration of the “Cuban Memorial Ceremony”

MIAMI – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Joe A. Martinez will join the members of the Memorial Cubano to host the third anniversary commemoration of the "Cuban Memorial Ceremony" honoring the thousands of people who have died fighting or trying to escape the repressive regime of the island of Cuba since 1959. The solemn event will take place on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 at 3 p.m. at Tamiami Park, 11201 SW 24 Street (Coral Way).

“Thousands of Miami-Dade residents have visited the Cuban Memorial over the years to grieve for loved ones who have lost their lives in Fidel Castro’s regime,” said Commissioner Martinez.

In 2003, hundreds of people gathered at Tamiami Park during a three-day stretch, each placing a cross that represented a loved one who gave their life in the name of freedom. The crosses were placed together, with each victim’s name, date, and place of death included. There was another larger cross representing the victims who remain unaccounted for. The event became an annual remembrance tradition with more than 10,000 crosses to honor the lives of the victims of the communist government, including those who died in Cuban prisons, rafters who perished at sea trying to escape, or those who were killed by firing squads.

Commissioner Martinez realized that a permanent memorial site would give County residents a more honorable place to pay tribute to the thousands who have lost their lives in their quest and search for freedom.

Commissioner Martinez was instrumental in finding the permanent site for the memorial and in securing the funding through a grant agreement.

“Tamiami Park was and is the ideal location for the Cuban monument; it will remain here to preserve the memory of the thousands of victims,” added Commissioner Martinez. “It will also educate those who may not be familiar with the Cuban suffering; serving as a reminder of our good fortune to live in a free country and to encourage the continued struggle for a democratic Cuban government.”

The monument is a 62-foot-high obelisk made out of mosaic tiles bearing the Cuban flag, and built with a five-pointed star surrounded by shattered glass bearing the names of all the victims who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the quest for freedom.

More information on the Cuban Memorial can be found online at or you may call the office of Commissioner Martinez at (305) 375-5511

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Joe A. Martinez and members of the Memorial Cubano
Third anniversary commemorating the "Cuban Memorial Ceremony"
February 19, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
Tamiami Park, 11201 SW 24 Street (Coral Way)