#RafaelCancelMiranda … “Don Rafael Cancel Miranda.
A true champion of Puerto Rico.” … A hero!!
Rafael Cancel Miranda was only six years old, when his parents took him to a special event in Ponce.
It was Palm Sunday in 1937. Families and children, many of them the same age as Rafael, arrived from all over the island.
It was a beautiful afternoon until they started singing La Borinqueña.
At that moment the police started shooting…and kept on shooting…until 17 unarmed men, women and children had been slaughtered in the street. 200 more were wounded and sent to the hospital.
It was the Ponce Massacre, and little Rafael was right in the middle of it.
As one of the Nurses of the Republic, Rafael’s mother was wearing a white nurse’s uniform. It was soaked with blood as she crawled over bodies in search of her husband.
Miraculously Rafael and his parents were not shot, but hundreds of others were…and shortly afterward, Rafael committed his first…
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