JANUARY 12, 1970

Lourdes Seijas


I remember the night before we were suppose to leave Cuba January 12, 1970 I was only 8 years old. I did not sleep at all, we were all excited and nervous. That morning as we were leaving in a cab, a friend of my mother's pull her head in the back window and ask my mother if she could leave her "eyeliner" behind. Now that I'm older I realize what my parent's must've gone through. Knowing that they were leaving everything behind them to start a new life in a place they had no idea what the future would hold for us. It was my mother Marta Pajares Alfonso Seijas,Dad Carlos Seijas Perez, my grandmother Rosa Maria Pajares Alfonso and my two sister's Marta Sanchez and Lucia Sanchez. Today I am so greatful for their bravery and I'm so glad to be in the land of "FREEDOM". Gracias, Lourdes Seijas (Luly)

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    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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