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Welcoming the POWs to Washington


On May 24, 1973, most of the returned POWs traveled to Washington to be honored at the White House at a gala dinner hosted by the President and Mrs. Nixon.
That afternoon, prior to the dinner, the President met with and spoke to the POWs in the auditorium at the Department of State.  The White House itself was not large enough to accommodate the group of more than 500.
At the same time, Mrs. Nixon and her daughters, Tricia Nixon Cox and Julie Nixon Eisenhower, hosted a tea in the State Department’s formal Diplomatic Reception Rooms for the wives, mothers, and other guests of the POWs.

President Nixon receives a standing ovation during the briefing at the Department of State.  Julie Nixon Eisenhower speaking with attendees at the tea. Tricia Nixon Cox shaking hands at the tea; and First Lady Patricia Nixon greeting guests to the tea.

Left: Invitation by Mrs. Nixon to attend an afternoon tea at the Diplomatic Reception Rooms sent to the wives and mothers of the prisoners of war attending the dinner, May 24 1973. Right: Invitation by President Nixon to attend an afternoon briefing at the Department State held in the afternoon of May 24, 1973.


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