HAILEY, Idaho -- Thousands lined the streets of Hailey Wednesday for the town's annual 4th of July Parade. The town did something special this year for the only known American prisoner of war Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
At first, it was your typical parade, American flags, fire trucks, pictures and candy. Then there was a yellow 1956 Thunderbird, flanked by two POW flags.
The classic was meant for this year's Grand Marshal, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, currently held as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan.
"Bowe is still not home and that is ever present in our mind," said Heather Deckard, with the Hailey Chamber of Commerce which organized the parade.
There wasn't a lot of fanfare for this parade entry, and that was on purpose. The cheering that came was that of support for Bowe's father Bob Bergdahl and other family members who followed the classic that was meant to carry their brother and son.
Despite the clapping and cheers Bob's eyes remained fixed on what was missing in the car. His feet moving, one step at a time; pressing forward just like he has for the last three years.
"We're just wishing the best for his family and we hope Bowe comes back as soon as we can get him back," said Dan Karst, who cheered from the crowd.
Karst was just one of hundreds, if not thousands of people who clapped and cheered in support of the Bergdahls.
"It means a lot to us and we hope to see that car filled up sometime soon," said Karst.
Many stood up as Bob walked down the middle of the road, their way to pay respect to a father who's only son is trapped behind enemy lines.
Julie Gallagher stood for Bob and his son, “Because he's part of this town, part of this country and we need him back.”
Bob never waved to the crowd. He never spoke a word. He didn't have to. His son has been a prisoner for the last 1,100 days and everyone knows it.
An empty car meant for the grand marshal said it all.
"Sadness, hope. We need him back," said Julie Gallagher.
Bowe's parents continue to work behind the scenes in contact with several government agencies who are trying to bring their son home.