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.

Maria del Carmen Perez Cancelas (Romanach)

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Today, October 19th, 2011 marks a very important milestone in my life. On a day like this, fifty years ago, I arrived at the Miami Airport with my two younger brothers, Raul and Carlos.

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Historic Designation St. Jude Melkite Catholic Church: According to an article written by Monsignor Bryan O. Walsh in 1971 titled Cuban Refugee Children, on December 25th, 1960 he was praying to find accommodations for the first Pedro Pan children that would start coming the next day. His prayers were answered when he saw the Assumption Academy, a boarding school for girls and decided to stop by and request help from Sister Elizabeth, the Director of the school. Sister Elizabeth said later that she could not deny such a request on Christmas day. This was the place where the first Pedro Pan found shelter that Christmas of 1960. The Assumption Academy Chapel (now St. Jude Melkite Catholic Church) needs our support to achieve the Historic Designation that would preserve it as part of our Pedro Pan legacy. To support the Historic Designation of St. Jude Melkite Catholic Church, please attend the Hearing: When: Thursday, July 25th Time: 2 pm Where: City Hall Coconut Grove, 3500 Pan American Dr. If you can't attend the Hearing and wish to support the Historic Designation please call the commissioners before July 25th or send them an email today with the following message: YES! I support the Historic Designation of St. Jude Melkite Catholic Church. Don't forget to sign the email with your name/address/phone. Here are the Commissioner's email and phone numbers: Francis Suarez 305 250 5420- Frank Carollo 305 250 5380- Marc Sarnoff 305 250 5333- Michelle Spence Jones 305 250 5390- Willy Gort 305 250 5430-

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Status update | Apr 3rd 2013

Buenos dias Carmen, yo llegue a los estados unidos en sept 1961 tenia 17 anos. me alegro que se encuentra bien

Message by Fernando B. Menendez Balseiro | Feb 23rd 2013

Your story, like many others, is very similar to mine. I also attended el colegio Nuestra Senora de Lourdes en la Vibora with my two other sisters, Mary Lourdes and Delia Maria. The nuns used to refer to us as the "ramitos". My oldest sister, Mary Lourdes, was 14 1/2 years old when she left Cuba. It was a pleasure to have read your story. Marcia "Caridad"

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Feb 23rd 2013

The unveiling of the Florida City marker and street dedication last Friday was a very nice and significant event. Good job, OPPG!

Message by Eloisa Echazabal | Nov 22nd 2012

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Status update | Nov 20th 2012

On this site, which was officially known as the Florida City Shelter of the Catholic Welfare Bureau’s Cuban Children’s Program, thousands of Operation Pedro Pan children found refuge from Communist Cuba between 1961 and 1966. Operation Pedro Pan was conceived and organized by Monsignor Bryan O. Walsh of the Archdiocese of Miami and James Baker, headmaster of Ruston Academy in Havana, Cuba, at the request of parents who sought to prevent Communist indoctrination of their children. It was financed largely by the United States Government with full support of the Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson administrations, and was supervised by the State of Florida. Between December 1960 and October 1962, over 14,000 Pedro Pan children arrived in South Florida. The Florida City Shelter was the largest of the Operation’s facilities in the state. It housed girls 5-19 years old and boys under 13 who lived in home units under the care of exiled Cuban couples who served as house parents. Its day-to-day operations were managed by Catholic priests and Sisters of St. Philip Neri. Many Operation Pedro Pan children went on to plant deep roots in the region and made significant contributions to Florida and the nation. A FLORIDA HERITAGE LANDMARK SPONSORED BY OPERATION PEDRO PAN GROUP, INC. AND THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF STATE 2012

Message by Carmencita Romanach | Nov 18th 2012

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Status update | Nov 18th 2012

Memorial Mass for Msgr. Bryan O. Walsh Date: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 Time: 7 p.m. Place: St. Michael Catholic Church 2987 West Flaggler St. Miami, Fl Please join us as in this Memorial Mass to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of his passing.

Message by Carmencita Romanach | Dec 13th 2011

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