U.S. Flag Flown For Hostages

United States c. 1979

In November 1979, 52 Americans in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran were taken hostage by Iranian students. The hostage crisis lasted for 444 days. Closely following the crisis for over a year, the American public wanted to show their support for the hostages and their families. Yellow ribbons and flags were popular ways to show support. This U.S. flag was flown at a home in Idaho and was sent to one of the hostages, Foreign Service Officer Ann Swift, after her safe return home. The included handwritten note reads: “We have gathered flags which were flown by people in Idaho over the past many months in support & hope of your freedom. As a celebration of your homecoming, we would like you to have this flag, flown at the home of Mrs. Mabel Logue, as a remembrance of America’s caring. We send the love and best wishes of the people of Idaho. Welcome home, Bret & Alice Rupe"

  • Source/Credit: Gift of Paul D. Cronin
  • Catalog Number: 2011.0033.01
  • Created: c. 1979
  • Acquired: 2011

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