Prior to the annual get together on May 18, 2014, a group of Pedro Pans from the DC/MD/VA area attended religious services at St. John’s Church on LaFayette Square, where Rev. Luis Leon, a Pedro Pan, is the rector. Below the Pedro Pans who attended the service with Rev. Luis Leon in the center.
May 15, 2016 – The Pedro Pans from the Washington D.C./Virginia/Maryland area had a very nice reunion which took place in Susana’s condo party room, same location where the gathering took place last year. We had a super time socializing with friends and meeting new ones. The highlight of the reunion was the presentation by Emilio Cueto of the book he published about La Virgen de la Caridad, Patrona de Cuba. We all look forward to the next reunion.
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May 3, 2011 – The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian Latino Center presented a round table conversation on the legacy of Operation Pedro Pan, moderated by Dick Lobo, director of the International Broadcasting Bureau of the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors. This event was the launching pad for the upcoming exhibit of the Pedro Pan exodus at the Smithsonian.
Miami (AFP) – At the start of the Cuban revolution, Javier Llorens was one of thousands of children who left the island unaccompanied for the United States, thinking it would be temporary. Continue reading →
November 17, 2015 – Miami Dade College commemorated the 55th anniversary of the Pedro Pan exodus with a panel discussion. To make it even more significant, the panel was composed of Pedro Pans who were employees and retired employees of the institution. This event was attended by students, faculty, and staff of the College.
A glass wall separated nine-year-old Mercedes Dash from her parents at Havana’s international airport. Clutching her new doll as she waved goodbye, Dash boarded a plane bound for Miami. For all she knew, she’d be back in Cuba in a few days. Continue reading →