Personalities and institutions that contributed to the promotion and preservation of the memory of General in Chief of the Cuban Liberation Army, Máximo Gómez, were recognized here today by the Dominican Foundation that bears his name.
The Chapter House of the City Hall of the municipality of Baní, province of Peravia, was the place chosen for the presentation of the Annual Máximo Gómez Award to several people and public and private entities dedicated to the rescue of the figure of the Dominican internationalist fighter.
Among the honorees were history professor Fellito Domenech, a great disseminator of the life of the Generalissimo, and physical education teachers from Educational District 03-04, who every year organize a parade with their students in honor of the patriot from Banilejo.
Also the City Council of the municipality of Laguna Salada, the institution that named the central park of that community after the Dominican-Cuban patriot, and the Guabay House of Culture of that territory.
The fourth Annual Máximo Gómez Award also went to the Francisco Gregorio Billini High School, the weekly television program “Momentos de la Historia” and the Ortiz/Ruiz Communication Group.
Also honored were Rafael Núñez, Minerva Isa and Eunice Lluberes, Ramón Elías Reyes and posthumously Fernando Báez, who made the first and only documentary in the country about Gómez.
On the occasion, the Cuban ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Carina Soto, received the Award granted by the Foundation to Fidel Castro (1926-2016), on the 25th anniversary of his visit to Baní, on August 23, 1998.
Yván Peña, president of the Foundation, recalled Fidel’s visit to the Dominican Republic a few months after the reestablishment of diplomatic relations on April 16, 1998, an action that reaffirmed the common will for unity and integration.
Peña said he felt fortunate because he had the privilege of exchanging with the Cuban revolutionary during his stay in Baní, some 60 kilometers from Santo Domingo, the capital.
He recalled that there he toured the site of Gómez’s birthplace and emphasized his manifest will to build in that city the Máximo Gómez Polytechnic, where young people have graduated in different professions and trades.
For his part, Soto said that there are posthumous recognitions that provide more life, recognize the legacy of an individual and reaffirm that there is much to be done so that these people can continue to give light.
Fidel, he said, we remember him in the present, he did not like honors, but the polytechnic itself is a living monument to his life and that of two other great heroes of our America, the National Hero of Cuba, José Martí, and General Máximo Gómez.