09:52 PM EDT 04/13/2013
Originally posted 05/05/2012 03:30PM
Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd, the American hikers arrested by Iran in July 2009 for allegedly spying, are expected to marry at an undisclosed location in California on Saturday, according to a statement released by Shourd's San Francisco-based attorney, Ben Rosenfeld.
"Now that this day has come, all I can do is close my eyes and fill with gratitude, for our freedom, for the love of so many generous people around the world, and for the very soil under my feet," Shourd said in the statement.
During their time in captivity, Bauer, a journalist, made his fiancé a ring from the threads of his shirt. He proposed again – with a new ring – upon being reunited with Shourd, a teacher, after his eventual release last September, after 14 months in captivity.
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