Read the story of Pedro Pan in the words of those who lived it.
Florida Heritage Landmark Dedication Ceremony, Historical Reference
By Carmen Valdivia,
OPPG Historic Committee Chairperson
OPPG Board of Directors
Florida City Alumni
The state of Florida has designated the Operation Pedro Pan's Florida City Camp a Florida Heritage Landmark. Operation Pedro Pan was a program created by the Catholic Welfare Bureau of Miami, in December 1960, at the request of parents in Cuba to provide an opportunity for them to send their children to Miami in order to avoid Marxist-Leninist indoctrination. Over 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban children arrived through Operation Pedro Pan between December 1960 and October 1962. Operation Pedro Pan remains the largest Children ... (read the rest of this story)
A story teller once told me that all stories begin in the middle. As I write this, the middle of my story has 17 years on one side and 47 on the other. For thousands of us Pedro Pan children, the middle of our story falls on the day we left Cuba.
Outside the Havana airport my parents and grandparents hugged me and kissed me as if it would be for the last time. No one could talk. Finally my father said in a broken voice, “Hija, we gave you the best education we could, morally and academically. It should ... (read the rest of this story)
Truly blessed for having been raised in the USA!
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Passed away 2001. Any questions contact: Sergio Casiano Jr at the email address above.
My story is unique, as is each one of the over 14,000 Pedro Pan stories. Some are happier; some are sadder. I believe the decision to send my sister and me alone to the United States was made by my parents the moment they found out that the government was taking over the private and religious schools in Cuba. I remember vividly the day our school, Colegio Verbo Encarnado in Ampliación de Almendares, was taken over by the government. I was attending class in a cottage in the patio which the nuns used as an additional classroom,and all of a ... (read the rest of this story)
I came to the United States alone carrying my favorite doll, Albertico. I had just turned seven and really did not fully understand that I was leaving the world I knew for good. I thought I was going to visit my cousins in Miami for "a while"...
I remember my parents Angel and Maria taking a picture of me with my doll on the steps of our house in Havana before leaving for the airport. The neighbors came out to give me a hug, The Alvarez family that lived next door.
At the airport it was very ... (read the rest of this story)
Sali de Cuba en 1962... no he regresado, aunque tengo en mente hacerlo, con mi familia puertorriquena... tal vez en 2014...
Nací en Santa Clara, y la primera vez que fui a La Habana fue cuando sali del país...mi vida era básicamente entre Santa Clara y Trinidad..
Cuando llegue a Miami con el programa de Catholic Charities y Monsenor Walsh fui enseguida a Kendall, Luego a Opa Locka y eventualmente a Camp Matecumbe... fui parte de un programa piloto para estudiar en una high school, Monsenor Edward Pace HS... de ahi me gradue y fui relocalizado a vivir con una fa ... (read the rest of this story)
When I arrived in Miami I always realized that I was not going to see my parents soon, my brother was a political prisoner and they refused to leave him behind. It took over eleven years and totally a surprise for me to see them again. I am not married and I have five children and five grandchildren. Today I have my own business and I represent medical manufacturing companies in an exclusive basis in Latin America and the Caribbean. I have visited every country in Latin America. I am still active, however, I look forward to slowing down.
I came from Cuba with three of my brothers. Emilio, Fernando, and Luis. Our parents were not able to leave and they stayed behind with my two younger brothers Tony and Carlos. We arrived in Miami and were taken directly to the Pater Pan Kendall facility where we stayed with a large amount of other kids who had also arrived without their parents.
I cannot remember how long we stayed there but soon afterwards we were picked up by my uncle and aunt. We began living with them in a one bedroom apartment in Little Havana along with their two ... (read the rest of this story)
NACI EN LA HABANA, PERO ME CRIE EN MATANZAS. ESTUDIE EN LA ESCUELA SAGRADO CORAZON DE JESUS EN MATANZAS. DESPUES DEL TRIUNFO DE LA REVOLUCION SALI PARA LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS ABRIL 6, 1961... RECUERDO QUE TRIUNFA LA REVOLUCION Y EMPIEZAN LOS FUSILAMIENTOS, LOS COMITE DE LA REVOLUCION, EL I.N.R.A., COMIENZAN A CERRAR LAS ESCUELAS PRIVADAS, AVIONETAS PROCEDENTES DE MIAMI VUELAN Y TIRAN PANFLETAS CONTRA-REVOLUCIONARIAS, RADIO SWAN HABLA DE LOS AGENTES DEL G-2 EN CADA PROVINCIA DE CUBA, INCLUYENDO EL NOMBRE ...DE MI PADRE. SE EMPIEZA A OIR DE GUERRILLAS CONTRA-REVOLUCIONARIAS EN LAS MONTAÑAS DE CUBA, ALGUNOS MUCHACHOS DE MI ... (read the rest of this story)