Veteran’s Day. Honoring our veterans.

I wanted to thank all the veterans today. If any of your family and or friends is a veteran thank them for me also. I will share with you my close experience with three different generations of veterans:

World War II

I had the honor of meeting a World War II veteran he was an honorable respectable man, who had an interesting life, his name was John. He married my wife’s aunt in Cuba in the 50’s she didn’t know English and he didn’t know Spanish at the time, but fell in love and spend their lives together. He was a very smart and resourceful man too. One day John showed me a book he had put together with English words that looked and meant the same in Spanish; it helped him at the beginning of his relationship with his wife Rosa. John also taught me about the Masons, he was a Master Mason. I will always remember him with respect and admiration.

Vietnam War
My friend Evelio was a young man when he and his brother enlisted in the military to serve the United Sates Army. Evelio and his brother were Peter Pan children and just a few years earlier his parents had sent them alone to the United States to escape the communism in Cuba. They fought in Vietnam like they would have done for the land they were born in. Evelio never talks about the Vietnam days, but I know they serve this country honorably. I also admire him because he is always helping other people, and trys to liven up your day with jokes.

Resent wars and military service men
As you may know I spend 13 months in Guantanamo Bay before coming to the United States. (read More here) As an immigrant and somebody who grew up in Communist Cuba I didn’t know what to expect from the Unite States military. My experiences there however left me with admiration for their professionalism and a unique ability to make things happen. I wrote to my mom from the United State base in Guantanamo “….Guantanamo Bay is the most clean and organized city in Cuba, they treat you with respect…they eat and sleep on the same conditions we do…everyone is treated with the same rights…” Obviously not everything was perfect but that was true for the most part.

Thank you for serving this great country.

About Alexis M.

Alexis Martin has more than 12 years of experience in the Guayabera Shirt business. In December 18 2002 Alexis founded an internet store for selling Cuban memorabilia from the pre-Castro era, customers began to inquire about the guayabera shirts and a new business concept was born. became a manufacturer and supplier of guayabera shirts online. Google+

2 Responses to “Veteran’s Day. Honoring our veterans.”

  1. DocN November 12, 2011 at 3:56 pm # Reply

    Is it not strange that the US does not treat China on the same terms as Cuba? Perhaps if Cuba could get three or four trillion dollars up to loan the US, the US will again go blind again and help the population, by a little forgive and forget. Jeeeze!! This was a Kennedy thing; enough is enough.

    • Alexis M. November 14, 2011 at 11:34 am # Reply


      I want to be clear I’m not in favor of the US embargo with Cuba but its wrong to compare Cuba with China, they are not the same. Cuba does not allow its citizens to trade freely with anyone and that my friend is the real embargo.

      I personally know of a company that have been to every Havana trade fair and after investing thousands of dollars in travel to Cuba have not been successful in any negotiations because they have to deal with one minister who decide if they buy his product or not.

      In any other country he deals with distributors and direct consumers of his products but in Cuba trading is another form of government control and they don’t want Cubans to do it directly.

      The latest “economic changes” implemented in Cuba are nothing more than an effort to tax transactions between Cubans. People in China can open a company and import and export and deal and negotiate directly with their trading partners. Cubans are not allowed.

      Even Cubans that work for foreign companies are not allowed to negotiate their salaries directly or even get paid directly. The government takes their pay in hard currency and gives the worker the worthless Cuban pesos. The Cuban government treats Cubans as government inventory and not people with economic rights.

      I deal with china and I never have to meet with a government official to trade I do it with the factory directly.

      About the US debt I’m not an expert but I think we should be happy of whoever buys our debt and that people are interested in investing in US.

      I respect and welcome your opinion.

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