Bowe Bergdahl's Hometown Celebrates News of His Release


By Rachel Holt

Hailey, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV )

Upon hearing the news of Bowe Bergdahl’s (Burg-Dall) release,
residents in his hometown of Hailey, Idaho celebrated by holding a gathering at a local coffee shop.

Community members came together at Zaney's Coffee House where Bowe worked before he was deployed, commemorating this special day.
Rachel Holt for Idaho’s first news has more.

A day the nation has eagerly awaited for close to five years—U.S. solider Bowe Bergdahl is coming home.

That place is Hailey, where community members are finally celebrating the return of one of their own.

"Bowe is Back" co-chair Stephani O'Neill says, "I heard the news and I had to re-hear the news and then I just started to cry. And I don't think I stopped crying for half an hour they were just absolute tears of joy."

Bowe worked here at Zaney's coffee house for 2 years before he went to war. During the time he was held captive owner Sue Martin and the rest of the community never forgot about the young soldier.

Owner of the coffee house Sue Martin explains, "He was a character he was entertaining and fun and yet he was great with the customers. Everybody has just been patient and hopeful and waiting and wondering what they can do to support the cause... the yellow board is where people sign that's the third full one... people were running out of room."

Chief of Police and family friend Jeff Gunter explains,"this community has never forgot Bowe and our goal has always been to not let America forget Bowe and today has proven Bowe was not forgotten."

President of the Hailey Chamber of Commerce Jane Drussel explains, "we first started getting balloons out at 10 and getting posters out and spreading the word— the horns were honking and people were just really excited and the excitement has just spread through the town."

The community eagerly awaits the moment Bowe lands on U.S. soil. Martin in particular envisions one special moment.

Martin explains, "we have the light up here that we turned on when Bowe was first captured and we've had it on every since.. we're going to let Bowe turn that off."

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