Published DateTo the editor,
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, American Soldier, American son . . . POW. . . captured June 30, 2009, Afghanistan.
Faith, trust, truth, responsibility and accountability are now and have always been more important than "Thank you for your service!". Twenty-five years of Thursday evening POW/MIA Awareness Vigils. First started to bring awareness to the Vietnam Live POW issue and at that time the statement was made, "to ensure that those in the future, in service to our country who may find themselves in the hands of the enemy, could be assured that those of us at home would do everything possible to keep the light burning and make sure that all would accept the responsibility and accountability to bring them home..alive!"
Over the years even the terminology has been changed to Missing-Captured from POW! That is neither being responsible or accountable. The return of remains does not bring truth to this issue. If Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is to come home it may very well take the "groundswell' of support of the American people that was said needed to bring all those home from Vietnam and past wars. If it was YOUR son what would YOU do? What would you hope for? This Vigil and Freedom Ride is an opportunity to show his family in Hailey, Idaho that they are not alone and America does care and at least those of us in NH and the Northeast are aware and do care. Doing Nothing is NOT an option.
Freedom Ride line up at Lowe's (Gilford) parking lot by 6 p.m. Thursday. Vigil, Hesky Park (Meredith) at 7 p.m. . . Focus is Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, American POW. No fly-over this year. . . sequestration. . . your leadership at work! Responsibility and accountability? It's up to the American people. . . us. . . Numbers matter!
Bob Jones, N.H. Director
Northeast POW/MIA Network