HAILEY -- The end of this month will mark the four-year anniversary of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl's capture in Afghanistan. On Saturday, folks gathered in Hailey to support the Bergdahl family and to send one message: Bring Bowe Back!
Saturday's gathering happened on the heels of big news for the Bergdahl family. Earlier this month, the Bergdahls received a letter from their son through the International Committee of the Red Cross. Just this week, there was new word that there could be negotiations with the Taliban to free Bowe Bergdahl.
The town of Hailey marked the years with trees. Four trees were planted in Hop Porter Park, one for each year since Bowe Bergdahl was captured.
Hundreds came to show their support.
"I have three boys of my own and I can't imagine being in a situation like that ever," said Lisa Enourato, a resident of the Wood River Valley.
"This is a brother that has been left and we don't leave anybody behind," said Steven Blair, a veteran.
There are two people who think of Bowe Bergdahl not just Saturday, but every day, his parents, Bob and Jani Bergdahl.
"Bowe, you are not forgotten," said Jani Bergdahl, as the crowd applauded. "You are the reason all of us are here today."
Jani Bergdahl showed the love of a mother for a son she hasn't seen in years.
"I love you, my son. As I have from the first moment I heard of you with a never-ending, unconditional love a mother has for her child," Jani Bergdahl said.
Bowe's father Bob Bergdahl had a message for those holding his son.
"My son is a prisoner of war in Afghanistan. Where is your office in Qatar? Where is your office in Doha?" said Bob Bergdahl in Pashtu, the official language of Afghanistan.
Bob Bergdahl's long beard signifies where his heart lies.
"A father does not leave this son alone on the battlefield. I do not live here, I live in Afghanistan," Bob Bergdahl said. "I might be standing here, but I am living vicariously through my son."
With the strength of a soldier and the tenderness of a father, he sent out a message to his son.
"I will not leave you on the battlefield, Bowe. These people here will not leave you on the battlefield. Your country will not leave you on the battlefield," said Bob Bergdahl. "You are not forgotten. You will not be forgotten."
In his speech, Bob Bergdahl said Bowe Bergdahl used to play at Hop Porter Park when he was a kid. Bob Bergdahl wants to have another celebration at that park for when Bowe Bergdahl comes home.