After her graduation, the heroine entered in the clandestine fight against the U.S.-backed dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista (1952-1959).
The combatant's house served as a refuge when Batista's henchmen began to persecute and assassinate the young people who opposed his regime.
"Vilma's sacrifice was not in vain. Her example is more necessary today than ever," added Castro, who passed away on November 25, 2016.
Since 1959, the heroine was married to Raul Castro, brother of the leader of the Cuban Revolution. Her remains rest in Frank Pais Second Eastern Front's Mausoleum, in the Micara mountain, Holguin province.