Three Marines to raise US flag in Cuba, 54 years after lowering it

Workers set up a dais at the US embassy during preparations for its inauguration, on August 12, 2015 in HavanaThree Marines, now retired, who lowered the US flag at the American embassy in Cuba in 1961 will be back Friday with Secretary of State John Kerry to raise the Stars and Stripes once again. “I’m gonna love seeing that flag go back up,” said 78-year-old Jim Tracy in a video posted on the State Department website. Tracy — who served in the Marines for 30 years — was a master gunnery sergeant tasked with lowering the flag at the embassy in Havana when the United States severed relations with Cuba on January 4, 1961.

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