I was a freshman in college that fateful November. Though I cannot remember when exactly, I am sure that I had mailed my first absentee ballot home the week prior to this fateful Sunday as election day was November 6th. I was practicing the democracy that so many take for granted, the very democracy that would cause 66 US citizens to be taken hostage on that day in 1979.
November 4, 1979 is the day that the United States Embassy in Tehran was surrounded and those inside were taken hostage. I do not remember hearing of the hostage taking immediately, like you would now with 24 hour cable news. I do remember hearing about the crisis for a long time.
This was the beginning of November. I would watch news coverage of blindfolded hostages being led around while in California with my mother for the holidays. I would remember the hostage crisis being a big issue in the first presidential election I could vote in. I remember wondering, with a good deal of other Americans, what we could do to free these people.
Today is the 30th anniversary of that fateful day. Please take time to remember those who died trying to rescue the US hostages. Remember that these 66 people spent 444 days held captive.
If you would like to read more, please read Senator John McCain’s remarks at http://mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressOffice.Speeches&ContentRecord_id=c0d1baab-d3eb-f350-c8f4-d7c63e469764