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‘Bring Bowe Back’ event planned Saturday in Hailey to mark Bergdahl’s 4th year of captivity


Archive photo: Bill Schaefer/The New York Times
Robert Bergdahl holds a photograph of his son, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, in Hailey, May 11, 2012. Bowe Bergdahl is America’s only known current prisoner of war, and last week his family announced that he was part of secret but stalled prisoner exchange negotiations between the Obama administration and the Taliban. 

Jani and Bob Berdahl, parents of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, will speak at a ceremony to honor their son Saturday. June 30 marks Bergdahl’s fourth year as a prisoner of war.

A procession of 500 motorcycles — including members of Rolling Thunder from Illinois — will ride through Bellevue and Hailey, arriving at Hop Porter Park at about 1 p.m. At 1:30 p.m., the Ketchum Fire Department will drive to the park, with the lead truck carrying the POW flag.

The community rally will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and the ceremony will start at 2 p.m.

There will be live music from bands Paddy Wagon and Up a Creek, as well as the Buckaroo
Balladeers. Featured speakers will include State Senator Michelle Stennett and Ketchum Mayor Randy Hall.

Here’s a link to the event Web site.

Earlier this month, Bergdahl’s parents received a letter from their son through the International Committee of the Red Cross. Read about that here.

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