The US has reopened its embassy in Havana, Cuba, 54 years after it was closed, a milestone in the easing of relations between the Cold War rivals. John Kerry, the first US Secretary of State to visit the Communist nation in more than 70 years, presided over the ceremony, and watched as the Stars and Stripes was raised.
The US flag was presented in the ceremony by the same US marines who lowered it when the embassy closed in 1961. Kerry pronounced the occasion "a day for pushing aside old barriers and pursuing new possibilities". He said: "For more than half a century, US-Cuba relations have been suspended in the amber of Cold War politics. It's time to unfurl our flags and let the world know, we wish each other well." link