It has been over 50 years since the Bay of Pigs Invasion took place in Cuba. The Bay of Pigs Invasion was an unsuccessful attempt by a CIA-trained force of Cuban ex-patriots to invade southern Cuba. Their overall goal was to overthrow the Cuban government of Fidel Castro. There are different views on who’s really to blame for the failure of the Bay of Pigs. Many feel John F. Kennedy was most responsible because the Cuban refugee soldiers needed more support, and Kennedy did not send any. This ordeal was part of the policy of containment.
Many are taking the time to pay tribute to the veterans who lost their lives during the invasion attempt. More than 100 Cuban exiles were killed, as well as many American pilots. Hundreds of others involved in the invasion were put in jail and later exchanged for medicine and goods. The people who fought during this time were honored as they stood up to defend their people against a disagreeable dictator. Their efforts will always be remembered. Today, there is a museum built on the grounds where the invasion took place. It is a two-room museum that displays aircraft and other military equipment, arms, pictures and maps of the attack, especially of Cuban soldiers who paid the ultimate price. There is also a Bay of Pigs memorial in Little Havana, Florida. Let’s remember not only these soldier but all soldiers who have risked their lives to defend their country and people.