January 25, 1982

A year ago today fifty-two Americans returned home from Iran where they had been held hostage for fourteen months. We greeted them then with joy and thankfulness. We condemned their captors for demonstrating a cynical contempt for international law and for Iran's own law -- and for undermining the fundamental commitment of all civilized nations to the settlement of disputes through peaceful means.

We will never forget the courage and strength of these fifty-two Americans and their families throughout the crisis. We are proud to commemorate today the safe return of these brave men and women.

Note: The message was sent to West Point, N.Y., for a ceremony commemorating the return of the hostages.