U.S. flag to wave over Embassy in Cuba

Aug 14, 2015 9:08 AM by Cheryl Wengren

HAVANA (AP) - This morning, Secretary of State John Kerry will preside over a flag-raising ceremony at the newly-opened U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba. And once Kerry heads home this evening, the hard work begins.

U.S. diplomats who negotiated the embassy reopening will work on expanding economic ties between the two nations with measures like direct flights and mail service.

Some 200 Cubans already have gathered near the U.S. Embassy along Havana's seafront Malecon boulevard ahead of the official ceremony to raise the U.S. flag.

Twenty-eight-year-old Marcos Rodriguez says he's come "because I wouldn't want to miss it." He voices the hopes of many on the island, expressing "hope for social and economic benefits for all Cubans."

Giant Cuban flags hang from the balconies of nearby apartment buildings and people are gathering at their windows with a view of the embassy.


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