Message on the First Anniversary of the Return of the American Hostages From Iran

Message on the First Anniversary of the Return of the American Hostages From Iran

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.