December 26, 1966

Reemberto Rodriguez


The story: Carmen and Celestino are my grandparents. They came with Rafael (my brother) and I (Reemberto). My parents had to stay behind because my oldest brother was of military age (15). We left on what I understand to be the last flight of American citizens. (My mother was born in New Orleans.) We actually flew to Mexico on Dec. 26, 1966; then on to Miami the next day. Both my grandparents died within 15 months. My parents did not get out of Cuba unti 13 years later... By the time they got here, my brother and I were 22 and 21, respectively. Our aunt and uncle had done a commendable job raising us - and then we were faced with having to adjust to our new old familia, including my oldest brother, his new wife, and their 2 year old son. Now, 42 years later we are proud Americans. Our heritage remains firmly Cuban - and proud, of course :-) Again, thanks for taking this project on! Reemberto Rodriguez

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  • JUNE 7th, 1967

    Ana De Los Reyes

    First of all, I would like to thank you for your great efforts in compiling the Freedom Flights date base information. It was with great emotion that I looked up my father's arrival to freedom information.

  • JULY 24 1968

    Miriam Rodriguez

    We arrive on July 24 1968, I remember as soon we were in the plane we heard a welcome from Pres. Johnson, as we arrive in Miami there were a priest & minister to welcome as I will never will forget that day.

  • NOVEMBER 27, 1967

    Ana María Florin

    It was November 27, 1967 when my mother ( now 83 years old), my father (now deceased) and I came to the United states via the Freedom Flight. We planned to come earlier, but the Bay of Pigs invasion delayed our plans since all flights were put on halt.

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