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50th Anniversary Celebration of Operation Pedro Pan
Our Pedro Pan brothers and sisters who are no longer with us
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Pedro Pan en Central Florida
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Hacienda Don Francisco - September 26-2009-Cuban Kids from the 60's Reunion
Poema para el Dia de las Madres- Mother's Day Poem
Our Parents ...
Rio Hondo Country Club-April 26, 2009- Remembering When...Images of our Journey
Hacienda Don Francisco - September 13, 2008- Cuban Kids from the 60's Exodus reunion
Hacienda Santa Maria-March 15,2008
Hacienda Don Francisco, the Gaviña Family Ranch - September 29, 2007
Cuban kids return to Colfax refuge
Rio Hondo Golf Club Reunion-April 22 2007
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Our First Reunion, September 25th, 2005
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Our Third Reunion, September 9, 2006
Relocation Map and The Florida Camps
Sonia Flew, October 1st, 2006
Agustin Blazquez

 

Operation Pedro Pan has been described as the “exodus of 14,048 Cuban children” and the “largest child refugee movement in the Western Hemisphere.” For us, the children of Pedro Pan it is much more. It's an integral part of who we are.

 

Operation Pedro Pan began in December 26 1960, and ended in October 23 of 1962, when the Cuban missile crisis put a halt to commercial air service between Cuba/Havana and the U.S./Miami. Between December 1960 when the first two kids arrived and October of 1962, over 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban kids – the official number is 14,048 – arrived in the U.S.

 

The key individual was Monsignor Bryan O. Walsh the Director of Catholic Welfare Bureau. In January 9 of 1961 the State Department granted then Father Walsh the authority to grant a visa waiver to any child between 6 and 16 who came to the U. S. under the guardianship of the Diocese of Miami. Those between the ages of 16 and 18 had to be approved by the US State Department.

 

The name Operation Pedro Pan was coined by Gene Miller, a reporter for the Miami Herald, and first appeared in his article of March 9 1962 “Peter Pan Means Real Life to Some Kids”.  When Miller had approached Monsignor Walsh to inquire about the large number of kids in the camps, Monsignor asked him to keep the details confidential and they agreed to refer to it as Pedro Pan or Operation Pedro Pan.

 

What is today universally called Operation Pedro Pan was made up of two components. One was the clandestine network for getting the kids out of Cuba – Pedro Pan. The second was the Cuban Children’s Program responsible for the care of the children after they arrived in Miami.

 

Arriving in the U.S. the kids would either go with family or friends, or be taken to one of the camps or residences run by the CWB.

 

Monsignor Walsh is recognized as the Father of Operation Pedro Pan and is the only individual to my knowledge that had direct involvement with Pedro Pan on both sides of the Straight.

 

Cuban Kids from the 60's Exodus dedicates this web site to Monsignor Walsh, the children of Pedro Pan, and the many individuals in Florida and Cuba who risked so much so we could be here today. But most of all  to the Pedro Pan Parents. Their foresight, courage, and love gave us, their children, the gift of freedom.

 

 

 

For a more complete history of Operation Pedro Pan please see article by Agustin Blazquez

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