Bergdahl's parents will speak at 'Bring Bowe Back' event in June

newsroom@idahostatesman.comMay 5, 2014 

An annual rally in support of the family of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl - held captive by the Taliban since June 30, 2009 - is planned for June 28 in Hailey. Bergdahl's parents, Jani and Bob, will speak at the rally.

Participants will be coming to the event from all over the United States and Canada, organizers say. It will run from 1 to 5 p.m. at Hop Porter Park in Hailey. A ceremony featuring several speakers, including the Bergdahls, will begin at 3 p.m. Balloons will be released and the song "Bring Back Bowe" will be performed.

“We are thrilled to see our event grow by leaps and bounds this year," event co-chairman Stefanie O’Neill said in a press release Monday. “The outpouring of support for the Bring Bowe Back in the past year has been phenomenal.”

The event will kick off at 1 p.m. with a parade of more than 1,000 motorcycles, escorted by Hailey Police Chief Jeff Gunter. The motorcycles will be led once again by the missing man formation, with Bob Bergdahl riding Bowe’s motorcycle in honor of his son. The public is encouraged to line the streets of Hailey to welcome them.

There will be live music by the Travis Hardy Band, local food and beverage vendors, informational booths and activities for children. For more information about the event, visit

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