As Havana Gets Ready for U.S. Embassy Flag-Raising, Hope for Future

August 13, 2015 4:03 AM

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As Havana Gets Ready for U.S. Embassy Flag-Raising, Hope for Future

HAVANA, Cuba — Under the merciless midday sun, a group of workmen poured hot asphalt Wednesday into a pothole on the seaside avenue leading to the U.S. embassy, where Secretary John Kerry will preside over a historic flag-raising ceremony on Friday.

On Wednesday morning, a casual glance out the window at the Hotel Nacional, where many journalists covering the event are staying, showed a group of men in a building's rooftop draping an enormous flag, one of many which were draped around the city, including near the U.S. Embassy.

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