Father’s message to Bowe Bergdahl:
“Your country will not leave you on the battlefield”
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Bring Back Bowe Rally in Hailey, Idaho on 22 June 2013.
Bob Bergdahl rides son Bowe’s motorcycle to honor him at the rally
The tearful mother of the only known U.S. prisoner of war said Saturday she’s feeling “very optimistic” about his eventual release after his Taliban captors offered last week to exchange him for prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s mother, Jani Bergdahl, spoke to about 2,000 people gathered in Hailey, his hometown, in a city park where he played as a toddler and little boy.
READ full story and VIEW slideshow online at the Washington Post
Members of a POW support group mount flags along Hailey’s Main Street. Donna Thibedeau-Eddy has traveled here from Pocatello, Idaho, to help organize the Bergdahl event.
“The more supporters we can get out here, the more people we can make aware that we have one American soldier – one American soldier from the Afghan and Iraq wars –that still has not come home and it’s time to bring him home,” says Thibedeau-Eddy. READ MORE and hear audio at Reuters
Hundreds rally in Hailey for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (click image to view slideshow)
Bob Bergdahl rides son Bowe’s motorcycle to honor him at the rally. (click image to enlarge)
Hundreds showed their support for Bowe at the Bring Bowe Back Rally in Hailey, ID
Four trees were planted in Hop Porter Park, one for each year since Bowe Bergdahl was captured. READ MORE at ktvb.com
Bob Bergdahl; Jani Bergdahl sharing a hug with a Bowe Supporter
An estimated 2,000 supporters rallied on Saturday in the Idaho hometown of prisoner-of-war Bowe Bergdahl.
The rally, the largest yet for the only known American prisoner of war tied to the Afghanistan war, marked the latest effort by residents of Hailey, a close-knit town of 7,000, to draw attention to Bergdahl’s plight and push for his release. READ MORE at NBC News
2013 June 22 Bring Bowe Back Rally. The motorcycle honor guard. (click enlarge image)
2013 JUNE 22 Bring Bowe Back Rally: Bowe Supporter Ron Coumerilh (click to enlarge image)