Message from Pedro Pan Eloísa Echazábal. Below the link to the Miami Dade College announcement dated July 8th regarding the upcoming Freedom Tower exhibit about the Cuban exile experience. This exhibit will be launched in mid-September. The first exile focus will be on the Pedro Pan exodus. Most of us who reunited with our parents in Miami remember visiting the Freedom Tower for the services the U.S. government made available to the newly arriving Cuban exiles. The Pedro Pan exhibit will last about two years. Miami Dade College and The Miami Herald Media Company invited me to collaborate with them when the plans were first developed about two years ago, and I was ecstatic with the opportunity. Also collaborating with their memorabilia and photos are Operation Pedro Pan Group Inc.organization, Barry University Archives and Special Collections, University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection and Florida International University Libraries. As soon as the next official announcement comes out, I will forward. In the meantime, I would like to let you know that a "collecting day" is being planned for Saturday, July 26th, from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Freedom Tower. This is the day when Pedro Pans will have the opportunity to bring memorabilia regarding our Pedro Pan days to be loaned to the exhibit. Required receipts and documentation will be available there. Courtesy parking on the open lot across the street south of the Tower. Entrance on N.E. 5th street. Just let the attendant know you are coming to the Tower to bring your items. This is a great opportunity to showcase our experience. Again, as additional announcements are released, I'll forward.

Ada Diaz Perez

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My brother, Hector, and I were sent to Sacred Heart Orphanage in Colorado. We did not have family who could take us in so we lived there for 4-1/2 years. Subsequently we were sent to foster homes and eventually they seaparated us which was traumatic. I struck it out on my own while still in High School. Our parents came when we were in our 20s and we brought them to Colorado and took care of them.

We are still living in Colorado and I've had a very successful career as a Telecom executive and entrepreneur.

We are still very close with the Pedro Pan "kids' who were sent to Colorado - we are a family! We had a big reunion in Miami in 1992 and another one in 2012, as well as other mini reunions.

Since Hector and I only had each other growing up in the US under pretty difficult conditions, we share an incredible bond that is very special.

Also, my best friend as an adult is the same best friend I had at the Orphanage, another Pedro Pan refugee. All of us "kids" joke that we're going to create our own retirement community so we could be together.

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Hola prima, acabo de visitar este sitio. Tambien comprado un libro vendido recientemente, sobre los pedro pan...saludos desde Cienfuegos

Message by Primo Osmany | Feb 26th 2014

Thanks for your prompt and kind reply, Ada. If you permit it, I would like to post the reunion's photo in OPPG's Facebook page []and let its readers know that the Colorado PPs met again. Assuming you're amenable to the idea, would you please identify the persons in the photo by their Spanish surnames and the orphanages where they resided. Please, provide me with the exact date when you met, if you would as well. Rest assured that I will acknowledge your ownership of the photo in the posting. I can be reached by email at Once again, un millón de gracias. José Antonio Amaro Reyes.

Message by Jose Antonio Amaro Reyes | Oct 5th 2013

Estimadísima Ada: I just noticed a photograph in your profile depicting a Colorado Pedro Pan get-together this year,2013. I would like to know if, like in previous occasions, there was any coverage/writings in the local press. Please, let me know. Thank you and best wishes, José Antonio Amaro Reyes.

Message by Jose Antonio Amaro Reyes | Oct 5th 2013

As far as I know, we the Pedro Pan girls who were residents of Queen of Heaven orphanage in Denver, Colorado from 1960 until the last girl left in 1967/68 had no knowledge there was another group of Pedro Pan children in was Colorado Springs or Pueblo. There were also Pedro Pan boys at St Vincent orphanage in Denver, Colorado. It is amazing as well as appalling it never occurred to our caretakers, priests and nuns, to bring all our groups together so we could socialize and share and communicate.

Message by Marta Castillo Valero | Oct 4th 2013

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Status update | Oct 4th 2013

Hi Ada, it's almost 10PM here in SLC/ 10/3/2013. I have nothing else to do at work but surf the Internet. Came across the Pedro Pan link in El nuevo Herald and clicked on it, lo and behold there was your story. So many stories so little time! Oh well, keep sending me your e-mails and say hi to the Homeys! Ciro

Message by Ciro Alvarez | Oct 4th 2013

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Status update | Oct 1st 2013

Hello Ada, I'm at St. Patrick School Miami Beach. Today I speak to the Eighth Grade Class bout the book THE RED UMBRELLA... and in telling my own story I share a bit of you. I remember you and Hector as kids, I was very young, I was Rosario Ramos' little sister, Anabel. PS: I would love to meet with you next time you are in town. Love and Light~

Message by Delfina Anabel Ramos Sierra | Oct 1st 2013

Hey Ada, I found you and Hector on the Peter Pan website. Love Hector's picture. I will Juan and Guillermo to join.

Message by Roberto G Vidal Ramos | Nov 13th 2010

Ada: Were you at Queen of Heaven Orphanage in Denver, Colorado? I was there from 1962 to 1966 and I was in the Little Girls group. I am having a challenge recalling the girls from there. Maybe you can help me remember. Those years were very traumatic and painful. At times I am in awe of that 8 year old child and of her resiliency. My name then was Martica Castillo. Hope you contact me.

Message by Marta Valero | Jun 3rd 2010

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