On Anniversary of Bay of Pigs Invasion, We Honor The Fallen Heroes of the 2506 Brigade and The Veterans Who Continue To Fight For Their Beloved Cuba, Says Ros-Lehtinen

Apr 17, 2013

(WASHINGTON) –U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement on the 52nd anniversary of the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion in which over 100 Cuban exiles were killed by the Castro regime.  Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“Today we honor the memory of the men of the 2506 Brigade who were willing to sacrifice their lives for their beloved Cuba in the Bay of Pigs invasion over 50 years ago. These courageous young men risked everything in the name of freedom to bring down the Communist regime headed by Fidel Castro and his likeminded thugs. Over 100 members of the 2506 were killed and over 1,000 were captured, imprisoned and some tortured. Upon their return to the United States, many of the men of the Brigade became officers in the United States Army and continued the fight in Vietnam. And so today we recognize their sacrifice and their commitment to freedom for all.

“It’s important that we remember this tragic event because these young heroes gave their lives in a struggle that continues to this day. The Castro regime remains in power and its total disregard for human rights has only worsened. Many opposition leaders in Cuba continue to carry the torch and have come under grave risks just for speaking out to advance the cause of liberty, democracy, and respect for fundamental human rights.

“I urge all freedom loving nations to take a firm, bold stance in solidarity with those who continue their long struggle against tyranny and oppression, and through this ensure that the sacrifice made by those Cuban exiles over 50 years ago was not in vain, and join me in honoring the men of the 2506 Brigade.”