Published: Nov 12, 2010 4:19 PM EST
Updated: Nov 12, 2010 1:19 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) - Veterans of the so-called Pedro Pan flights out of Cuba are gathering in Miami to mark the 50th anniversary of their exodus.

More than 14,000 children were spirited out of the island between 1960 and 1962 under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Church's so-called Operation Pedro Pan and at the behest of Cuban parents fearful of the new communist government.

On Friday, those children, many now with grandchildren of their own, will revisit the South Florida camps they first stayed in following their U.S. arrival. The youngsters later moved into foster homes and orphanages until their parents could also leave the island. In many cases, the reunions took years.