WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) -- Fourteen of the Americans taken hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Iran have been recalling their homecoming 30 years ago.
The group is visiting the U.S. Military Academy for a weekend reunion. They were greeted by a long line of cheering, clapping cadets today.
Thirty years ago, 52 hostages touched down on U.S. soil at nearby Stewart International Airport after 444 days in captivity. As they rode buses to the academy then, their route through the Hudson Valley was lined with yellow ribbons and thousands of cheering people.
At the time, the hostages had been unaware that Americans had been following their 14-month order so closely. Dr. Paul Needham said today's reception brought back memories of that emotional welcome. He says: "The blur was 30 years ago; things moved so quickly."
Another former hostage wore a yellow ribbon that read "FREE THE HOSTAGES." Bruce Laingen says the entire group felt "overwhelmed" by today's event.