Events to commemorate the victims of Fidel Castro’s shootdown

This February 24th is the 13th anniversary of the tragic murders of Carlos Costa, Armando Alejandre, Jr., Mario de la Peña and Pablo Morales by the Castro regime. The four men were shot down by Castro’s cowardly Mig pilots while flying a humanitarian mission in unarmed civilian Cessnas, over international waters.

If you are or will be in Miami February 24th and 25th, try to make it to one of the events listed in the press release below. The events were organized by the families of the victims.

FEBRUARY 24, 2009
Commemoration of February 24, 1996 Shoot Down
TO:                 Elected Officials and Media in Miami-Dade County

FROM:          The Costa, Alejandre, de la Peña and Morales Families

SUBJECT: Events to commemorate the lives of Carlos Costa, Armando Alejandre, Jr., Mario de la Peña and Pablo Morales, shot down over international waters by Cuban MiGs on February 24, 1996 while on a humanitarian search-and-rescue mission of Cuban rafters

February 24, 11:00 AM:                
Dedication of new plaques
Sweetwater Bridge
SW 8th Street and 109th Avenue
The families of the February 24, 1996 victims, Sweetwater officials and students from Sweetwater Elementary will participate in the ceremony

February 24, 3:00 PM:     
Florida International University
Fountain next to the Graham Center                
FIU students, faculty and the families of the February 24, 1996 victims observe 6 minutes of silence to mark the time elapsed between the shoot down of the first and second airplanes

February 24, 7:00 PM: 
St. Agatha Catholic Church
1111 SW 107 Avenue, Miami, Florida
Bishop Agustin Roman and Father Rolando García will celebrate

February 25, 5:30 PM:                     
Dedication of courtroom donated by C.A.M.P. 4 Justice Foundation (families’ foundation honoring Carlos, Armando, Mario and Pablo)
Rafael Diaz-Balart Hall
Florida International University
Room 1009, 11200 SW 8th Street