HAVANA, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of Cubans, including their leader Raul Castro, paid homage on Sunday to Cuban Vice President Juan Almeida who died late on Friday aged 82.
Other leaders of the government and the Communist Party of Cuba joined Raul Castro at a memorial ceremony around the Monument to Jose Marti at the Revolution Square in Havana.
Raul's and former Cuban leader Fidel Castro's wreaths were placed next to Almeida's picture.
Cuban authorities have declared a national mourning lasting till 9:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Since early Sunday people started to arrive at the Revolution Square to pay their last homage to Almeida, who, according to an official statement, would be buried in east Cuban mountains where he fought half a century ago under the command of Fidel Castro.
From a low-income family, Almeida was one of the most loved Cuban Revolution leaders in the country. He once lived in exile and jailed as a political prisoner for having taken part in the attacks against the Moncada Barracks.
After the revolution, Almeida served as vice president of the State Council and as vice chairman of the communist party.