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Idaho town plans vigil for captive soldier

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HAILEY, Idaho. - For three weeks, residents of Hailey, Idaho who knew Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl had been captured in Afghanistan by the Taliban kept quiet, fearing publicity could put him in greater peril.

After a video of Bergdahl was released Saturday by his captors, this town of 7,000 is slowly speaking out.

"Bring Bowe Home," reads hundreds of signs posted around Hailey, along with yellow ribbons that adorn nearly every tree on Main Street.

Residents now plan to a vigil Wednesday evening starting at the coffee shop just off Main Street where Bergdahl worked before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 2008.

Bergdahl's parents have declined public comment, but through a spokesman thanked people near and far, there are now several Facebook tribute sites on the Internet, for their support.

President Barack Obama has said the military is doing everything it can to rescue the 23-year-old soldier.

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