But today, their thoughts, as should be yours, are with their fellow prisoner of conscience, Orlando Zapata Tamayo, who has been on hunger strike since Dec. 3 to protest the repeated violations of his human rights.
According to Radio Martí, Ferrer and Herrera — who like Zapata have been imprisoned since the "black spring" of 2003, called on the international community to unite in support of Zapata.
Specifically, Herrera, who at times has enforced his own hunger strikes by sewing his mouth shut, had a message for U.S. President Barack Obama:
"Today I am writing to ask you to intercede for the life of a courageous Cuban political prisoner, whose only crime was to defend ideas of peace and liberty."
Ferrer delivered a similar challenge.
"You can support Orlando Zapata and his family in many ways," Ferrer said. "There are many ways to demonstrate publicly, you have to take to the streets."
There are many reasons men like Zapata, Ferrer and Herrera are deserving of your respect.
None may be better than how despite their own challenges, they never hesitate to stand up for each other.
Meanwhile, Zapata's family has not been able to get any updates on his condition, according to Radio Martí.