John Kerry visits Cuba to raise US flag at embassy

Today is the first day of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s historic trip to Cuba, the first by a high-level American diplomat in 70 years, to officially inaugurate the opening of the US embassy on the island.

Stars and Stripes.

Stars and Stripes. Image by Mike Mozart / CC BY 2.0

Kerry is scheduled to meet with a number of leaders and political activists throughout the day, and the flag-raising ceremony will feature speeches by notable politicians and a reading by poet Richard Blanco. The three marines who lowered the American flag at the embassy in 1961 will also be present. The embassy officially reopened nearly a month ago, but the flag-raising was reserved for Kerry’s visit this month.

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