"For those of us who have fought in war, the greatest fear was not so much getting injured, even killed, but rather being captured and possibly killed or tortured by the enemy, never to be seen or heard from again -- dead, or alive..."
This event & associated website are designed to serve as central hubs where those wishing to support SGT Bergdahl can find info & links to groups created for that purpose.
The goal of this event, as well as supportbowe.org is multifold.
First and foremost, it is created to help raise awareness in the minds of people throughout the nation about the fact that Sergeant Bowe Robert Bergdahl remains in captivity as a prisoner of war. With such a small percentage of Americans directly related to anyone who is currently serving in the United States Armed Forces, it isn't uncommon for a large portion of the citizenry to be disconnected from the challenges and sacrifices endured by both those serving as well as their families.
Second, this site is intended to provide information for those interested in taking action to make certain that Bowe’s rescue continues to remain a priority in the minds of those in government who are responsible for securing his return.
Third, this is a place to collect information about activities, events and groups which are dedicated to supporting Bowe and his family. Finally, it provides a place to aggregate news items and other information about Bowe’s situation.
We are supporters of Sergeant Bowe Robert Bergdahl, United States Army (dob 28 March 1986) of Hailey, Idaho, who was captured in Afghanistan on 30 June 2009 by a Taliban allied Afghan insurgent group called the Haqqani Network. He remains in captivity while the Taliban attempts to barter with America for his life in an effort to further its militant agenda.
Our goals are to:
1) raise public awareness about Bowe's captivity
2) to communicate to those U.S. Federal officials responsible for obtaining Bowe's release that the American people expect ongoing & effective action to be taken to return Bowe safely to the United States,
3) to unite together as citizens to communicate to both Bowe & his family that America is in solidarity with them during this time of crisis.
Rules for Member Participation on the “BOWE TUESDAY” to be held every Tuesday until Bowe comes home. "ANYWHERE You Are!" EVERYWHERE in the World! In conjunction with Facebook. Public Event:
We had hoped that it wouldn't be necessary to create a "rules" statement for this event and things were were actually functioning pretty well for a while without one. Unfortunately, it only takes one detractor to foul the community to the detriment of everyone else participating in it. Consequently, here are the rules, clearly stated, so there's no confusion as to what is required of those interacting on this page.
Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is the focus of this event. It is not a place to debate politics, government policies, religion, morals, social issues or any other topic. There are plenty of other places on the internet where one can debate and argue but this isn't one of them. This is a place where people from diverse backgrounds who hold many different beliefs can join together in solidarity on Bowe’s behalf. No person or group holds a monopoly on caring about Bowe. Though most people can easily agree to these terms, there always seems to be a few who cannot. For those few who cannot agree, please be aware that any attempt to detract from the purpose of this page and any interaction intended to create negativity or provoke conflict will be met with immediate revocation of the offender’s participation privileges. There is zero tolerance for actions that are contrary to the rules set forth here.
Also, remember that this event is viewed by persons of all ages so please help us to create a kid friendly environment by keeping foul language out of your posts.
PLEASE INVITE ALL of YOUR FRIENDS TO JOIN US! Tell them that this is an "anywhere you are" event so everyone can be involved in some way. PLEASE CONTACT YOUR MEMBERS of CONGRESS & TELL THEM "It's time to bring Bowe home!" Please follow this link to find more information about how to contact Congress and how to locate the contact information for your Congressional delegation: http://supportbowe.org/contact-elected-officials/
FIND US on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/supportbowe
Please take special time to lift Bowe up in prayer, asking that he would be protected, strengthened, be filled with hope and that he would be immediately and safely returned home in good health. Please remember Bowe's family that they too would be strengthened, encouraged and be filled with hope. Please pray for Bowe's supporters that they would be filled with energy, determination, and boldness in the work that they are doing for Bowe. Please pray for this event, that it would make more people aware of Bowe's plight and that our letters, emails and phone calls would be received positively and incite action. And finally, please pray that the hearts and minds of those who hear Bowe's story would be receptive to it and that they would be moved to become an active part of the movement to Bring Bowe Home. (AMEN!)
Let us NEVER FORGET those who have honorably served America in the United States Armed Forces. UNTIL THEY ALL COME HOME!
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◘ MORE ABOUT Bowe Bergdahl's capture & captivity
• Military status and disappearance
Bergdahl is assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Richardson, Alaska. He went missing on June 30, 2009. Since then, the Taliban has released five videos showing him in captivity. The Taliban have demanded $1 million and the release of 21 Afghan prisoners and Aafia Siddiqui in exchange for Bergdahl's release. They have threatened to execute Bergdahl if Siddiqui is not released. Most of the Afghan prisoners are being held at Guantanamo Bay.
At the time of his capture, Bergdahl's rank was that of Private First Class (E-3). In June 2010, he was promoted to Specialist (E-4) during his absence. On June 17, 2011 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant (E-5)
On July 18, 2009, the Taliban released a video showing they had captured Bergdahl. In the video, Bergdahl appeared downcast and frightened. A Department of Defense statement issued on July 19 confirmed that Bergdahl was declared "missing/whereabouts unknown" on July 1, and his status was changed to "missing/captured" on July 3.
In the 28-minute video his captors hold up his dog tags to establish the captured man is Bergdahl. Bergdahl gives the date as July 14 and mentions an attack which occurred that day.
Accounts of his capture differ. The version offered by Bergdahl, in the video, is that he was captured when he fell behind on a patrol. CNN, in its report, cites both Taliban and U.S. military sources, the former [Taliban] alleging he was ambushed after becoming drunk off base, and the latter [U.S. military sources] denying that claim stating: "The Taliban are known for lying and what they are claiming (is) not true."
A Department of Defense spokesperson, Lieutenant Commander Christine Sidenstricker, said, "I'm glad to see he appears unharmed, but again, this is a Taliban propaganda video. They are exploiting the soldier in violation of international law."
According to the Associated Press, General Nabi Mullakheil of the Afghan National Police said the capture occurred in Paktika Province. Their other sources inform them that he was captured by a Taliban group led by Maulvi Sangin, who has moved him to Ghazni Province. The Guardian quoted sources who speculated about the increased difficulty of a rescue mission if Bergdahl had been smuggled across the nearby border into Pakistan.
The Associated Press also quoted Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, as saying: "the militants holding the soldier haven't yet set any conditions for his release."
CNN described two Pashto-language leaflets the U.S. military was distributing in seeking Bergdahl. One showed a smiling GI shaking hands with Afghan children, with a caption that called him a guest in Afghanistan. The other showed a door being broken down, and threatened that those holding Bergdahl would be hunted down.
In December 2009, five months after Bergdahl's disappearance, the media arm of the Afghan Taliban announced the release of a new video of "a U.S. soldier captured in Afghanistan," titled "One of Their People Testified." In the announcement the Taliban did not name the American, but the only U.S. soldier known to be in captivity is Bergdahl.
U.S. military officials have been searching for Bergdahl, but it is not publicly known whether he is even being held in Afghanistan or in neighboring Pakistan, an area off-limits to U.S. forces based in Afghanistan.
On December 25, another video was released that features Bergdahl in a combat uniform and helmet. He describes his place of birth, deployment to Afghanistan and subsequent capture. He then makes several statements regarding his humane treatment by his captors, contrasting this to the abuses suffered by insurgents in prisons. He finishes by saying that America should not be in Afghanistan and that it is just another Vietnam.
On April 7, 2010, the Taliban released a third video of Bergdahl, now with a full head of hair and a beard, pleading for the release of Afghan prisoners held at Guantanamo and Bagram.
In November 2010, Bergdahl appeared briefly in a fourth video.
In May 2011, Bergdahl appeared briefly in a fifth video.
• Threat of Reprisal
On February 4, 2010, the Afghan Taliban demanded the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani scientist who was convicted by a U.S. court on charges of attempting to murder U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, and threatened to execute Bergdahl if their demand was not met. The Taliban claimed that members of Siddiqui's family had requested their assistance.
• Reports of Joining the Taliban
Fox News reported that the Taliban and Afghanistan Intelligence indicated that Bergdahl was helping to train the Taliban in bomb making and infantry tactics. The Pentagon dismissed the reports as Taliban propaganda.
(Above narrative information from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowe_Bergdahl)
On 30 June 2009, militants belonging to the Haqqani network, an Afghan insurgent group which is allied with the Taliban, took twenty-three year-old United States Army Sergeant Bowe R. Bergdahl captive. This ill-fated day was a Tuesday.
We all know how fast a week passes. Often almost before we barely realize it, we’re marking another month off the calendar. But time doesn't feel like it moves so fast when you’re a prisoner who is fearing for your very life every single day. How difficult it is to imagine the emotions that Sergeant Bergdahl must feel as he sees the sun rise, and then later set, putting him one day longer away from the people and things that he holds dear.
A group of Bowe supporters were discussing this very scenario one day and came to the conclusion that there needed to be a way to raise awareness about how the days of Bowe’s captivity had evolved into weeks, months and now years- a way to connect to Bowe’s experience in some small way. The idea of BOWE TUESDAY was born. For over two years, the practice of taking extra steps to acknowledge Bowe Bergdahl each Tuesday, the day of the week that he was taken captive, was practiced by these supporters. But the time came when it was clear that there needed to be a way to include more people in the BOWE TUESDAY movement, a way that would reach more people than could be reached via email chains and word of mouth. One of the people in this group of Bowe supporters said “have you ever noticed on Facebook, all the different people who you don’t know whose profile pics pop up and it says ‘people you may know’? And with that new ticker thingy that’s just coming out, you’ve got this stream of profile pictures flowing by on the side of your Facebook home page- what would happen if every Tuesday, a significant number of the profile pictures people saw around Facebook featured Bowe Bergdahl? That would get people’s attention, people would want to know who this Bowe Bergdahl person is- people who aren’t even aware that America has a soldier who is being held as a prisoner of war would find out about Bowe.” The next step in the BOWE TUESDAY movement was clear.
We decided to take the idea of BOWE TUESDAY and translate it to Facebook. And although this is an easy event for those wishing to support Bowe to participate in- the commitment is just twenty-four hours once a week, the potential for raising awareness about Bowe is dramatic. It’s such a simple thing to do yet it will be extremely powerful when many people feature Bowe’s picture as their profile image all at the same time. You’ll not only catch the attention of the people on your own friends list, every time your profile picture appears in a “People You May Know” list, people who are friends of friends will see a message about Bowe. So will people with whom you share the same workplace, hometown, current town, school and page interests with. WOW! That’s a lot of people! Imagine this: It’s a Tuesday, a person clicks on the “Find Friends” tab or runs a search using a person’s name and nearly everyone that’s shown in the results has the BOWE TUESDAY photo as their profile picture. Now if that doesn’t get their attention, nothing will! Let’s make this our goal.
We created the image featured below with BOWE TUESDAY in mind. Some supporters have chosen to also feature Bowe on their Facebook cover picture. We’ve created some images that work nicely as a cover photo which can be found in the Artwork & Image File.
We hope that you’ll join us in the future for BOWE TUESDAY. Only one day a week until Bowe comes home- that’s all we ask you to commit to using the BOWE TUESDAY image as your profile picture. All you have to do is right-click on the image and save it to your computer. Be sure to click on the image to enlarge the picture so that you will be able to save the best image possible. Many of Bowe’s supporters who use twitter have taken the idea of BOWE TUESDAY one step further and are using the following set of hash tags several times during the day each Tuesday in their tweets: #bowetuesday, #Bowe #Bergdahl, #POW, #supportbowe. Thank you so much for joining us in this weekly event to help bring attention to Bowe Bergdahl’s story. Δ
Please take a look at http://supportbowe.org/ as well as their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/supportbowe to find further info on the mission to bring back SGT Bowe Bergdahl. Bowe Tuesday originated through the supportbowe.org group. We hope that with this weekly reminder, we can reach out to our supporters and spread the word in order to get our brother back where he belongs...in the USA!
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Not everyone wants to receive a notification every single time someone posts to the event page. If you look at the upper right hand corner of the event page, you'll see a cluster of buttons: Events, Invite Friends, Going (or maybe), and an icon of a little cog with a drop down menu. Open up the drop down menu and you'll see where you can turn off notifications. There you will also see the option to share the event.
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WATCH OUR INTERVIEW ABOUT SGT BOWE BERGDAHL DURING ROLLING THUNDER XXVI, MAY 24TH, 2013:
Below you will find some links that will be useful:
JOIN the Rolling Thunder MD 2 Bowe Tuesday Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/457218810989369/
For those new to BOWE TUESDAY, here's some info you might be interested in: http://supportbowe.org/the-story-of-bowe-tuesday/
BROCHURES you can print out to use to tell people about Bowe: http://supportbowe.org/bowe_bergdahl_brochure/
Sources for advocacy supplies: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.288017024620637.72259.186446128111061&type=3
CALL for TWITTER VOLUNTEERS - Can You help?: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=281340658621607&set=a.196725307083143.51330.186446128111061&type=3
We Bowe Supporters need to ride that wave of interest in our effort to raise awareness about Bowe. Don't forget there are supplies that are available you can use in your advocacy work.
DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE for MAKING the PICTURED SIGN: http://supportbowe.org/bowe-support-sign/
DOWNLOAD BROCHURE YOU CAN DISTRIBUTE: http://supportbowe.org/bowe_bergdahl_brochure/
INFO ABOUT USING BUSINESS CARDS TO RAISE AWARENESS: http://supportbowe.org/business-cards-bowe-bergdahl/
BOWE PACKS (caters to individuals who want to order small quantities of BUTTONS, STICKERS, silicone BOWE WRISTBANDS): http://bowepacks.wordpress.com/
HOW TO CONTACT YOUR MEMBERS of CONGRESS: http://supportbowe.org/contact-elected-officials/
BUY OTHER GEAR FOR BOWE AWARENESS:
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Stainless Steel POW/MIA bracelets:
Yellow POW/MIA Bracelets:
Black POW/MIA Bracelets: http://www.honorreleasereturn.com/merchandise.html
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