Remembering Bruce Laingen

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Remembering Bruce Laingen

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 17, 2019

Bruce Laingen, a native of Watonwan County, Minnesota, died Monday at the age of 96. He was the highest ranking diplomat held hostage during the Iran Hostage Crisis of 1979 - 1981. Upon release he said: "Unless someone has lost freedom, you have no idea what it means suddenly to regain freedom."

This button was worn by people at home to remember the captives; the cloth greeting card was given to Laingen upon his release.
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