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The 20th anniversary of the shoot down of the Brothers to the Rescue aircraft were remembered Wednesday in solemn ceremonies across South Florida.
 
On Feb. 24, 1996, three American citizens -- Armando Alejandre, Jr., Carlos Costa, and Mario de la Peña -- as well as one American resident, Pablo Morales, were on a humanitarian mission over international waters when their plane was shot down upon an order from the Cuban government.
 
The planes of the humanitarians were taken down by a Cuban MiG-29 in international airspace.
 
Several lawmakers have released statements on the 20th anniversary and have tied it in with the current thawing of relations between the U.S. and Cuba.
 
In a statement, U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Marco Rubio called the shoot down a "gross violation of U.S. law for which justice has not been served." Rubio added that the incident "stresses the long history of brutality by the Castro regime."
 

 
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