John Kerry

In 1961, three U.S. Marines lowered the American flag at the U.S. Embassy in Havana. Today, they've returned to Cuba to raise the flag once more.

Fifty-four years ago, the United States broke diplomatic relations with Cuba, and three young Marine guards volunteered for one final act of duty: lowering their country's flag before returning home. Today in Havana, I will watch proudly as those same Marines -- Larry Morris, Mike East and Jim Tracy -- help raise the flag over our newly re-opened U.S. Embassy.

My visit to Havana, the first by a U.S. Secretary of State in 70 years, comes nine months after President Obama announced a new approach to relations with Cuba. It is an appro