Yellow ribbons to mark POW’s imprisonment

GREENFIELD — Every month, until prisoner of war Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is released, a new tree in town will be adorned with a yellow ribbon in support of the U.S. soldier captured in Afghanistan.

At 6:30 p.m. Friday, Hands Across Our Nation Yellow Ribbon Campaign came to the Veterans Memorial Mall on Main Street for the third time. It was followed by a candlelight vigil at the American Legion Post 81 at 8:30 p.m.

Bergdahl, 27, of Idaho, was captured in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009, by a Taliban-affiliated group. The group has since released five videos of Bergdahl, the last in 2011. This June, his family said they received a letter they were confident was written by Bergdahl.

Bergdahl is the only American prisoner of the war in Afghanistan.

On June 30, the fourth anniversary of Bergdahl’s capture, the Yellow Ribbon Campaign held its first ceremony in Greenfield. That day, Mayor William Martin declared that, until Bergdahl’s release, the 30th of every month would be Prisoner Bowe Robert Bergdahl Day, commemorated with a presentation and the tying of a yellow ribbon around a Greenfield tree.

Friday, Greenfield Veterans Agent Charles Loven officiated at the ceremony, and members of the veterans motorcycle club Rolling Thunder Vermont 1 attended, as well as the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Ladies Auxiliary, and Yellow Ribbon Campaign Founder Cynthia Dodge, of Greenfield.

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