Ninety-seventh Congress of the United States of America at the First Session begun and held at the City of Washington on Monday, the fifth day of January, one thousand nine hundred and eighty-one. JOINT RESOLUTION
Designating January 29, 1981, as "a day of Thanksgiving to honor our safety returned hostages."
Whereas we the people of the United States are one people under God;
whereas in recognition of the hope, honor, faith, and courage of those men and women who have been forceably held prisoner in Iran;
whereas eight brave men laid down their lives in the pursuit and defense of freedom;
whereas in order for the people of the United States of America to express their appreciation, hope, and care for these men and women; and
whereas in order for the nation to express its thanks to God for the safekeeping of these people and this country: now, therefore, be it resolved by the Senate and House of Respresentatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, that the 29th day of January, 1981, is declared "a day of Thanksgiving to honour our safely returned hostages," and that Americans participate in services in places of their own choosing on that date, as already called for by churches, synagogues, and mosques across this country.
Thomas P. O'Neill Jr., Speaker of the House of Representatives
George Bush, Vice-President of the United States and President of the Senate
Ronald Reaga n, President of the United States