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March 17, 1990: People around the world pray for captive Terry Anderson

News Reporter Charity Vogel, as part of a story published in 2014, described the ordeal endured by Western New York native Terry Anderson:

From 1985 until 1991, the name of the former Batavia resident and longtime hostage was on almost every Western New Yorker’s lips. He had his sister, Peggy Say, to thank for that.

Anderson was taken captive while working as a reporter for the Associated Press in Lebanon in 1985. He had not lived in Batavia for years, but he still had a lot of family there, including several of his classmates from his graduating class at Batavia High School.

But his older sister made sure people did not forget him. She was a fixture in newspaper articles and on television as she used every means she could imagine to keep his cause alive and fight for his freedom. Eventually, she wrote a book about her efforts called, appropriately, “Forgotten.”

When Anderson didn’t come home for nearly seven years, people fasted and prayed and held vigils. They wore silver bracelets inscribed with his name. A sculpture bust of him was made and displayed in the Genesee Country Mall in Batavia.

Twenty-five years ago this week, Anderson's friends, family and supporters were still praying they would see him returned home safely.

"Events around world commemorate Anderson's fifth year of captivity"

"Terry Anderson's relatives, friends and supporters in his boyhood hometown -- in one of many remembrances held Friday -- tried in speech, song and prayer to bridge the distance separating them from the longest-held American hostage in Lebanon."

March 17 1990

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