Ernestina Pedraza


My mother crrect Full name is Liette Ines Rangel Pedraza. She arrived Jan 17,1966 when she landed my brothers and I watched her get off the plane to the base at OPA=LOCKA where we (children) got caught my two nice Marines trying to sneak inside to see our mother. The boys had not seen her for 5 years and I had not seen her for 2 years. They lets us stay with her while she was processed. She was told to relocated to California with three kids and teach there or lose all aid. She declined because she was not going to take her young family away from the aunt and uncle who had them that long time for where she and they knew no one. Tens days later she stared working in a factory. She never taught again, but after many jobs and honest hard work another move in 1972 here to NYC. She is a proud American Mother with three children ,9 grandchilren and two greatgrand children . Now retired at age76 soon 77 she has lived here is this country more years than in Cuba. Still grateful for the Country that made it possible for her to start over with her family in Freedom. Thank You Ernestina Pedraza

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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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