This ceremony has become a tradition which has been going on for 24 years.
In 1989 the Tribute Operation took place throughout Cuba, when the remains of the Cubans fallen in internationalist missions were returned to the island. This historic moment marked the day in which outstanding Cuban General Antonio Maceo was killed in battle at El Cacahual.
Most of these martyrs died in Angola, from where they greatly contributed to change the destinies of Africa with the consolidation of independence in that country, the liberation of Namibia, the triumph in Zimbabwe, and the disapearance of apartheid in South Africa.
Between 1975 and 1991, thousand military and civilian Cubans cooperated in Angola during the so-called Carlota Operation. The forces from both nations united to defeat the enemy, and since then, close bilateral links were established between the two countries.