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.

Mario E Ramirez Bello

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Mario E Ramirez Bello
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United States of America
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Mario E Ramirez Bello
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Date of Arrival
Thursday, April 12, 1962
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CWB Florida City
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Status update | Jan 19th 2010

Querido Mario, Un abrazo, No te me pierdas.

Message by Damaso V Santana Vega | Sep 27th 2009

Mario: Am I reading wrong since I see comments about your story, but I don't see it. Did you withdraw it? It seems to have been very interesting and I'd like to read it. Please post it again. Thanks

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Sep 3rd 2009

Mario, welcome to our website. I could almost see your mother inconsolably bathed in her tears. Oh, it is so hard to see our children go without knowing when and if we'll ever see them again. I love the way you express yourself about your foster parents and foster siblings. Were you reunited with your own parents? Good choice on having dogs, their love is truly unconditional. WARNING, las malas lenguas se creen que yo soy un diablillo, please don't believe anything they say about me. I'm a mature, serious and shy individual. Regards.

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Sep 2nd 2009

Dear Mario, I enjoyed reading your story. Thank you for sharing with us your innermost emotions upon your arrival to Florida City. Like you, I had several close relatives in prison by the time I left for the United States; a fact that made my departure as well as my stay in Florida City the more difficult. I can only imagine the shock it must have been to find yourself in Helena, Montana, so soon after leaving our "Cubita Bella." Incidentally, I have traveled to the "Big Sky Country" state on several occasions and while it is breathtaking in the summer, winters are rough, to say the least. I'm glad you found loving and caring people there. Con un fuerte abrazo, José Antonio.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Sep 2nd 2009

Hi Mario, I am so excited that you found this website. I have been trying to find all of our brothers and sisters that were in the orphanage when we were there. I am going to e-mail you. I am going to send you all the information that I have about others. Everyone is going to be so excited when I tell them that we found you. Hope to hear from you again. Carinos, Vivian & Rafael

Message by Vivian A McCombie y Salort | Sep 1st 2009

Hi, my name is Vivian Salort, and my brother, Rafael & I lived in St. Joseph's Orphanage. We arrived there in August of 62. We remember you from the orphanage and would love to hear from you. I am trying to compile a list of all the children who lived in the orphanage, so we can communicate and exchange experiences. Hope to hear from you!!

Message by Vivian A McCombie y Salort | Jul 10th 2009

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