Three days of events in Pocatello began today with the raising of the flag at the 13th annual POW MIA awareness rally.
Jennifer Bowen, who is in charge of marketing and advertising for the local chapter of the POW MIA association. Observed that,“There is something here for absolutely everybody, there’s a supervised kids area, we have five bands on our stage tonight, were doing it all on the day stage so you have the night green grass to stand or sit. On seven, eight nine hundred pound pieces of iron out there to compete for some good cash.”
The flag, which can be seen from as far away as American Falls is a symbol that according to Bluuue, means that the work of this group will go until completed.
“A lot of us in our association are combat veterans and we just feel that it’s important that everyone be on the same page with that awareness and that were going to get them home,” Bowen said.
She went on to describe the emotions that come when she sees the flag raised.
Jennifer, who goes by Bluuue explained her emotions when she said that, “for me it’s a lump in my throat, I’m not ashamed to cry, and for very good reasons. This is flag, the POW-MIA flag is the only flag that can fly with the flag of the United States of America.”
There are over 83,000 MIA and one confirmed current prisoner of war, however former Prisoner of War Lt. Colonel David F. Gray explained what all of the events of this weekend meant to him
Gray said that, “I am here for two reasons. One, to add whatever I can to the Pocatello (POW) awareness event. I’m also here to represent the national association of POW MIA families, which the material here kind of represents.”
Gray, gave his thoughts on Bowe Bergdahl, a Hailey Idaho native, who is the only current known (U.S forces) Prisoner of War.
In speaking of Bergdahl, Gray observed that, “I met his parents and I was impressed with his parents. I feel for Bowe Bergdahl as the only known U.S Prisoner of war that we have. Captured in Afghanistan and held we believe in the tribal areas of Pakistan and seemingly more difficult to find than Osama Bin Laden.”