POW in Afghanistan remembered at vigils in Meredith, Manchester
News that Bergdahl had been freed and was on his way home was greeted with euphoria Saturday by those who have kept that vigil.
Jones is an organizer of the annual POW/MIA vigil and Freedom Ride held in Meredith during Bike Week. Ever since Bergdahl was taken prisoner five years ago this month, organizers have used the event to call attention to his captivity.
Artie Atkinson of Nashua, also a member of the Northeast POW/MIA Network, said the call from a Sunday News reporter with news of Bergdahl's release made his day.
A POW/MIA vigil in Manchester on Wednesday, held in Veterans Park at 7 p.m., will be dedicated to Bergdahl.
Bob Williams of Manchester, a Vietnam veteran who has organized the monthly vigil for 11 years, was ecstatic at news of Bergdahl's release.
The names of New Hampshire troops missing in Vietnam and Korea are read at every vigil, and Bergdahl's name was always read as well, he said.
"We kept fighting for it, and we got him," Williams said. "He's coming home walking."
In a statement, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, expressed gratitude for Bergdahl's safe return.
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