The invasion was only through Zapata Swamp and in that direction the Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz had under his command the operation with a torrent of men and fire, which only ceased with the victory in the sands of Playa Girón, in less than 72 hours The population, organized by the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution, maintained vigilance and prevention against any counterrevolutionary activity. Near the front the rearguard was formed, helping in the supply of food and assistance to the wounded and evacuated.
Girón was also a village in its usual work positions and activities. An important task of production and services was not paralyzed. The literacy campaign undertaken then and successfully completed in December of that year did not stop. The foolishness of the aggressors, both of their leaders in the United States, and of the invading mercenaries, led them to belittle the combative morale of the Rebel Army, the National Revolutionary Police, the Militias and the Cuban Air Force, which was so effective against the disembarkation and its opponents in Cuban airspace.
Even with lack of mastery of the technique, but with the political conviction and will to defeat the Revolutionary Armed Forces, they defeated the Mercenary Brigade 2506 at Playa Girón, at a cost of 156 dead combatants and hundreds of wounded. The victory of Girón is historically registered as the first great military defeat of the United States in Latin America. It was an advance of the War of the Whole People and developed in practice from the military political thought of the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz.
On the 58th anniversary of the victory of Playa Girón, tribute was paid to remember and pay homage to the 156 combatants who fell in those actions or who died afterwards, as well as those who today proudly participate in that epic.