Kerry Raises U.S. Flag in Havana


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) stands with other dignitaries as members of the U.S. Marines raise the U.S. flag over the newly reopened embassy in Havana, Cuba, August 14, 2015. Watched over by Kerry, U.S. Marines raised the American flag at the embassy in Cuba for the first time in 54 years on Friday, symbolically ushering in an era of renewed diplomatic relations between the two Cold War-era foes. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool - RTX1OA3VSecretary of State John Kerry arrived in Havana on Friday to raise the U.S. flag on Cuban soil for the first time in more than 50 years.

The United States and Cuba announced a framework for restoring diplomatic relations in December 2014.

Cuban state television cut away from cartoons to broadcast the flag-raising ceremony, in the leadup to which they informed viewers that Kerry “is a Roman Catholic, likes bicycling, surfing, and windsurfing” and the Beatles and Rolling Stones. Read more.