So, are those yellow ribbons on the Idaho Capitol for Bowe?

June 4, 2014 

The Idaho Statehouse's yellow ribbons are visible above the heads of Chance Novak, 18, left, and his father Chet Novak, both of Boise. The pair were part of a rally of pro-gun activists on Jan. 19, 2013.

CHRIS BUTLER — cbutler@idahostatesman.com Buy Photo

The short answer is no. Some version of the ribbons has adorned the Statehouse since 2003 or 2004, according to Jennifer Pike with the state Department of Administration.

The ribbons are a sign of support for all deployed Idaho soldiers, not just Bergdahl, Pike said. So they aren't coming down while the country remains involved in overseas conflicts affecting Idahoans.

Residents of Hailey and other supporters of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl used yellow ribbons as reminders of his captivity during his nearly five years in Afghanistan and as symbols of their hope for his release.

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