Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Hailey receives flag to honor Bowe Bergdahl

City of Eagle donates flag from Field of Honor


By TONY EVANS
Express Staff Writer

Hailey Mayor Rick Davis received a Field of Honor Flag from Kathy Coburn and Heather Paredes of Eagle Idaho on Friday in Hailey council chambers. The flag was donated by the Eagle Field of Honor in honor of Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured by Taliban militants in Afghanistan a month ago. Photo by Willy Cook

A Field of Honor U.S. Flag was donated to the city of Hailey on Monday in honor of U.S. Army Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held by Taliban militants for almost a month.

The flag was donated to Hailey Mayor Rick Davis by Kathy Coburn, chairwoman of the Eagle Field of Honor. Davis accepted the flag in the Hailey council chambers.

"Our community appreciates the support of your community," Davis said. "It is a great feeling."

Coburn said news of Hailey's efforts to show support for the Bergdahl family inspired Eagle to bring to Hailey one of about 600 flags flown earlier this summer in the Field of Honor in Merrill Park in Eagle.

"What you have done here in Hailey for Bowe Bergdahl has spread," she said.

Citizens of Hailey held a candlelight vigil for the captured soldier last week that drew more than 500 people. Posters reading "Bring Bowe Home" and "Stand with Bowe" are hung in shop windows throughout Hailey and the Wood River Valley. Yellow ribbons are tied around trees along Main Street.

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The Field of Honor tradition of flying U.S flags in honor of veterans, POWs, MIAs and those currently serving in the United States military began after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.

To honor those serving in the U.S. military, Field of Honor flags are flown for 10 days in May, from Armed Forces Day to Memorial Day, at many sites across the United States.

Davis said the donated flag will hang in Hailey Council Chambers.

Tony Evans: tevans@mtexpress.com




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