Here is the text of President Reagan's remarks to the freed hostages' families yesterday at the White House:
Ladies and Gentlemen:
We're delighted to have you all here and we know how happy you must be. We will all, of course, recognize the courage that has upheld those you're going to meet through these long 14 months, but I think it might be appropriate here to say a word about the courage of all of you, the dignity with which you have borne this, the courage when all you could do was wait through the many disappointments, and not only those who are coming home but all of you, too.
America has to be very proud of you. Now, we're not going to make any speeches here. As you know, there will be a welcome back here Tuesday for all of you and all of them, and we're now going to just join you out there. We want to explain that we won't be going with you to New York because we feel very deeply that you don't need any outsiders. This is a moment for you and for them.
Since we didn't all go to church this morning, because of this, can we just say, "Dear God, thank you; thank you for what you've done," and God gave you the understanding and the patience that you'll need now with regard to this homecoming and get-together.