With two small Cuban flags clutched in his hands, a young boy — comforted by his mother — wept. He was too young to fully grasp the full legacy left behind by Fidel Castro, but it was a tender moment amid a crowd of hundreds of thousands that overflowed the streets of Santiago de Cuba on Saturday night to pay final homage to the leader.
The next morning, a military caravan arrived in the city carrying Castro’s ashes in “a small, flag-draped cedar casket,” reported The Washington Post’s Nick Miroff. Hours later Castro’s ashes were laid to rest and a nine-day national mourning ordered by the government ended.
Before arriving in Santiago, Castro’s casket made a long four-day journey across the country. Cubans lined streets and filled rooftops, cried and cheered as the caravan passed by.
“I am Fidel! I am Fidel!” crowds chanted.
Photojournalist Alejandro Cegarra documented the caravan as it made its way from crowded cities to rural roads. Here’s a look: