Lourdes Carasa

 

I have so many stories, I don't know where to begin. I had just turned 7 years old, when they came to our house to do inventory of our possessions, I had to pick one toy to take. I had lots of dolls and it was hard to pick one. I remember looking inside my armoire and not really comprehending I would never see any of those memories again. Then they taped our front door with a wide yellow tape to make sure we would not go back inside and take anything else. Unbeknown to the Cuban government, my father had all of our jewelry inside the heels of the shoes he wore out of Cuba, that was the only way he could take their wedding rings. It was a long two days to get to Miami. Yes, two days to travel approximately 200 miles.

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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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