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Thousands of Cubans are remembering their parents' decision to send them out of Cuba, alone.

Saturday marks the 49th anniversary of Operation Pedro Pan.

After Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution, some parents on the Caribbean island sent their children ahead with visa waivers. The flights began Dec. 26, 1960.

By the time they ended 18 months later, more than 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban children had been flown to Miami.

The U.S. government funded the effort and supplied the children's waivers, and the Roman Catholic Church promised to take care of them.

The children lived in orphanages, foster homes and schools until their parents could travel to the USA but many could not go and children were raised alone in a strange land.

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