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Terry Anderson Celebrates His Freedom

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Terry Anderson Celebrates His Freedom

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Terry Anderson celebrates his freedom

Former hostage Terry Anderson was greeted in Washington, D.C., with receptions both very public and very private, and now has reportedly headed points south to begin privately his readjustment to freedom.

After meeting with Associated Press executives and newsroom staffers in New York upon his return to the U.S. (E&P, Dec. 14, P. 10), Anderson flew the next day to Washington.

Upon his arrival at Dulles International Airport, the support group No Greater Love held a huge birthday party for the AP's chief Middle East correspondent, who lit yellow candles on a huge cake. Each candle represented a birthday Anderson, now 44, had spent in captivity.

The ceremony included 81 children walking across the platform where Anderson and his family sat. Each child represented one month Anderson had been a captive in Lebanon.

Being a birthday party, Anderson was presented with a number of gifts, including a cartoon created specially for him by "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau.

Later that day, Anderson and four of the other former hostages joined President Bush for the lighting of the national Christmas tree.

The welcome-home festivities took on a more subdued tone later that night as friends, colleagues, and family of Anderson and other former hostages met in Arlington, Va., just outside Washington.

In contrast to the very public festivities, this event was meant to be very private; there was no press coverage. …

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