Father Ends Silence, Asks Taliban to Return His Son

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After almost two years, Robert Bergdahl is speaking up and directly asking the Taliban to return his son.

Army PFC Bowe Bergdahl was captured June 2009 in Afghanistan and then transfered to Pakistan. Robert Bergdahl also asks for the cooperation of the Pakistan Army.

Here is the video Mr. Bergdahl of Bailey, Idaho posted on YouTube with the plea:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJmmZQ3byKQ

The Taliban also has released a videos of Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl after his capture. Here is the first video of Bergdahl being questioned in July 2009:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pcl4MNXffHk&feature=related

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Marking the Loss of One Who Fought Bin Laden

 In yesterday’s blog, Tracie Ciambotti asked this question about the “celebration” and patriotic responses over the death of Osama Bin Laden:

“Do service members dying for our freedom, wounded warriors confined to wheel chairs, and daily sacrifices made by military families—all for the defense of what our flag represents—not warrant the same media attention and outpouring from a grateful nation?”

Today, 6 May 2011, is a sad time because a fallen warrior – the second in just three days – will arrive in Tampa. But, it is also an opportunity to display the patriotism and same outpouring of emotion many felt upon the news of Bin Laden’s death.

Air Force Maj. Raymond G. Estelle II

Air Force Maj. Raymond G. Estelle II, 40,  was one of nine killed April 27th by a disgruntled Afghan Air Force pilot at Kabul International Airport.

Estelle started his career at MacDill as a communications officer with the 6th Communications Squadron, where he was stationed from February 1999 to January 2001.

Estelle is scheduled to return to MacDill on an Angel Flight at noon. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office will provide Estelle and his family a Fallen Hero Escort which is expected to leave the base at 12:45 p.m.

People living in the Tampa Bay area can gather to show their respects to Estelle – someone who gave his life fighting the terrorism spread by Bin Laden – by turning out to line the honor escort route.

Note that the route of the escort goes through downtown Tampa during lunchtime – so no excuses.

The route: eave MacDill AFB at 12:45 – North on BayShore Blvd. – East on Platt Street Bridge – North on Florida Ave. – East on Jackson Street – North on N. Jefferson Street – East on Twiggs Street – South on Ashley Drive – West on  Kennedy Blvd to  North Howard  and the Ray Williams Funeral Home, 301 North Howard Ave., Tampa.

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