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For Jorge Marsal, the pastor of worship and fine arts at the Valley Christian Center and a first-generation Cuban immigrant, America has truly been a land of opportunity.
This Fourth of July, he will be paying tribute to the country he loves. Marsal, 50, has put together "Celebrate America," a patriotic drama filled with music and dancing that will be running at the church from Sunday to July 1.
When Marsal landed in Miami, Fla., with his brother, he was only 9 years old. He had been part of Operation Peter Pan, which saw more than14,000 Cuban children arrive in the United States from 1960 to 1962 without their parents. Cuban leader Fidel Castro only granted immigration visas to children, forcing parents to make the tough choice between sending the kids alone or not at all.
"Fortunately, my mother was one of those who believed that the freedom was worth the possibility of never seeing their kids again," Marsal said. Luckily, his mother was issued a visa three months later, but his father, who was divorced and pro-Castro, stayed behind.
Marsal was glad to have escaped. "I am thankful for the freedom and the future that I wouldn't have had living in Cuba."
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