HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba is marking the 61st anniversary of the beginning of Fidel and Raul Castro's revolution with a call for unity.
Ramiro Valdes is a Cuban vice president and former commander in the rebellion. He delivered a keynote speech during festivities Saturday, urging the Cuban people to prize unity above all.
Valdes said there is no alternative but to keep fighting every day "for the country, with the revolution and with socialism."
President Raul Castro sat in the front row wearing olive-green military uniform, alongside other top leaders.
A failed attack on a military barracks in the eastern city of Santiago on July 26, 1953, is considered the start of the Castros' revolution. It culminated on Jan. 1, 1959 when strongman Fulgencio Batista fled the island.