MAY 3, 1967

Mayra Fuentes


To whom it may concerned:

Reading the Miami Herald on line I came across the Freedom Flights database - I searched for mine and my parents names, but I was not successful. We arrived at Miami International Airport on Wednesday, May 3, 1967 on the second flight of the day: Mayra Rodriguez Varela -- 10 year old child (me), my father: Antonio Rodriguez Alfonso - deceased 10/23/1993, and my mother: Blanca Sara H. Varela Lorenzo - deceased 01/07/1993. My brother, aunt and uncle where living in Miami at the time so we stayed, my parents till their passing and me till 2002; I now live in Arlington, Va 3.5 miles from the White House. I married a Cuban like me who arrived on May 1972 via Freedom Flights -- I did find his/family names in the date base, we have an adult daughter that was born and lived in Miami until she left for college in 1996. She now lives with her husband (an America of English/Scottish descend) and infant son in New York City. Please ad my name and my parents names to the database. I am also gathering personal momentous to be added to the date base at a later date. Thanking you in advance.

Mayra Fuentes (aka Mayra Rodriguez Varela)

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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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