Freedom Flight Memories

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