JANUARY 26, 1967

Estrella A. Espinosa


Although we do not appear in the database, my parents and I arrived in Miami on January 26, 1967 by the Freedom Flights. We had remained in Cuba due to the Missile Crisis. My 11 year old brother and I, 8 years old, were kept out of school, my parents had given away most of our household items to neighbors and family in anticipation to our departure on October 1st 1962 which never occurred. As the years passed and without hope, my brother was approaching the military age of 15 which will not allow him to leave Cuba. As a result, my parents in desperation arranged for him to go to Spain hoping that we will follow him soon. He and a cousin of the same age left to Spain one month before his 15th birthday in 1966 .

We were very lucky to leave on the Freedom Flights three months to the day after my brother's departure. We left Varadero on a cold January morning. Not only my immediate family reunited, but from 1961 to 1969 my mother's 10 siblings were united. Many families were not as fortunate as ours and their families were divided forever. We have made Miami our home and built our lives in this country embracing their traditions as well as keeping ours. Sincerely, Estrella A. Espinosa

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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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