The Panama Canal Zone... a former unincorporated territory of the United States from 1903 to 1979, was centered around the Panama Canal in the Republic of Panama. Incredibly rich with historical significance for both the United States and Panama, the culture, pride, and life joyously lived there is what Zonian Life® honors and celebrates.
Today's "Zonians", while very displaced, are a uniquely close-knit community that is extremely prideful and celebratory of their Canal Zone heritage. For many, the positive life experience, friendships and memories made in Panama and the Canal Zone are the very foundation of the lives they now live. Simply put... Zonian Life was an idyllic and blessed life. It was a great life and they still LIVE IT LOUD!
It's a "Zonian Thing."
Explaining this "CZ Pride" to others who haven't lived it can be hard. Most often it leads to a simple shoulder shrug, an easy Zonian smile, and another round of cervezas!
Be True to Your School!
Some of our most cherished memories and friendships were forged during time spent in a Canal Zone school. Gotta love those "Property of Division of Schools" gym shorts!
Gone But Not Forgotten!
Almost every Zonian has experienced the sadness of having to leave the Canal Zone. Fortunately, as we age this sadness has turned to a warm sense of nostalgia.