We’re deeply honored to be joined by members of the Bay of Pigs. These are great people, amazing people. I have wonderful memories from our visit during the campaign. That was some visit; that was right before the election. I guess it worked, right? Boy, Florida as a whole in this community supported us by tremendous margins and we appreciate it. But including one of the big honors, and that was the honor of getting the Bay of Pigs award just before the election. And it’s great to be gathered in a place named for a true hero of the Cuban people.
A close-up glimpse of the heroism on that beachhead might have sent those Essex pilots right over the edge. As JFK adjusted his bow tie in the mirror and Jackie picked lint off his tux, the freedom-fighters of Brigada 2506 faced a few adjustments of their own. To quote Haynes Johnson, “It was a battle when heroes were made.”
“America will also stand with the Cuban people in their long struggle for freedom. Their support has been unbelievable. The Cuban people. We know what we have to do, and we’ll do it. Don’t worry about it…. The numbers — the numbers have been incredible. In fact, they gave me just prior to the election, the Bay of Pigs award and let me tell you, that was a great honor for me!”
“I’m humbled by this endorsement from true freedom fighters. What you are asking for is right and what you are asking for is just. The United States should not prop up the Castro regime economically and politically, as Obama has done.”
Speaking of a career in motion: Later in the afternoon, Brosnan visited the Museum and Library of the 2506 Assault Brigade and was made an honorary member of the CIA-sponsored group of Cuban exiles that carried out the Bay of Pigs invasion. “These are wonderful men,” Brosnan says. “It’s a pretty big honor.
By the “Martyrs of Assault Brigade 2506” monument in Miami, veterans and other Cuban-Americans will engage in their annual ritual of calling out the names of the roughly 100 men killed in the invasion, as the crowd chants “Presente” after each one. In New Jersey, veterans will mark the day with a similar ceremony