Ceremonial Unit of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces
|Ceremonial Unit of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces (Unidad Ceremonial de las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias)|
|Founded||15 December 1961|
|Allegiance||Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces|
|Type||Infantry, Guard of Honour|
|Role||Ceremonial honours, Public Duties|
|Part of||General Staff|
|Nickname(s)||FAR General Staff Ceremonies Unit|
|Commander in Chief of the FAR||Miguel Díaz-Canel|
|Commander||Lieutenant Colonel Ramón Gilart Hernández|
|Lieutenant Colonel José Luis Peraza López|
The Ceremonial Unit of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces (Spanish: Unidad Ceremonial de las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias) is a ceremonial rituals battalion of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces. Since its foundation on December 15, 1961, the male and female members of the unit has provided honours for the Communist Party of Cuba, the Government of Cuba, and the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR). The unit uses intense physical and political techniques, including martial, maintain the discipline that is required for the soldiers and officers of the ceremonial unit.
Ceremonial functions and history
The unit's main function is the perform the changing of the guard every half-hour at the José Marti Mausoleum inside Santa Ifigenia Cemetery. In addition to providing honors related to protocol (funeral honors, presentation of credentials, the delivery of national medals, welcoming of foreign naval fleets, wreath laying ceremonies, street lining for military parades on the Plaza de la Revolución). The unit represents the revolutionary armed forces during arrival ceremonies at the Palace of the Revolution for state visits to Havana, with musical accompaniment provided by the Band of the Ceremonial Unit. In recent years, the unit has taken part in the welcoming of Barack Obama, the Prince of Wales and Felipe IV of Spain. During the honors for Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev in 1974, the unit's color guard carried the branch colors of the Soviet Army, Navy, and Air Force. Outside of the country, the unit has most notably taken part in the 2015 China Victory Day Parade. During the rehearsals for the parade, the 82 member formation was often noted for being the last ones on the drill field and the few to use chinese martial arts such as Tai chi n their exercises. The unit also played a large role in the death and state funeral of Fidel Castro in November 2016.
Holidays that are covered by the unit include:
- Triumph of the Revolution (1 January)
- Victory Day (2 January)
- Day of the Cuban Armed Forces (2 December)
- Day of the National Rebellion (26 July)
- Independence Day (10 October)
A wreath laying team led by unit commander José Luis Peraza López at the José Martí Memorial.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Honour guards from Cuba.|
- Military parade in Havana celebrates Cuban revolution. CGTN America. 2 January 2017.
- "La escolta de Fidel". Retrieved 2018-07-18.
- "Mente fría y corazón ardiente". Retrieved 2018-07-18.
- "The urns carrying the remains, in the hands of members of the FAR General Staff Ceremonies Unit, were moved to the burial mounds and ossuaries moments after the floral wreaths on behalf of Army General Raúl Castro Ruz". Retrieved 2018-07-25.