(KLIX)- On the third anniversary of Sgt. Bower Bergdahl's capture, the family has released a statement through the Idaho National Guard.

“June 30th marks the end of three years captivity for our son, U.S. Army Soldier Bowe Bergdahl by the Taliban in Eastern Afghanistan.  We remain hopeful for the release of our son and we will continue to work to make that happen. We would like to thank the organizers and participants in a number of events around our nation who have rallied to bring awareness to our cause of bringing Bowe home.  The yellow ribbons we see all around our own community remind us that our son has not been forgotten here at home or around the world. We’d also like to ask each of you as individuals and as a nation for your continued awareness as Bowe begins his fourth year as a prisoner.  We want this to be the year we see our only son safely returned home.”

Meanwhile Gov. Butch Otter issued the following statement:

“It’s a sad day for all Idahoans as we face the reality that one of our native sons is about to enter his fourth year in captivity,” said Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter.  “But I know the Department of Defense and other U.S. agencies are doing all they can to safely bring Sgt. Bergdahl home to his family.

Since this began three years ago, I have met with the Bergdahls several times and am impressed with the fortitude they’ve shown throughout this unimaginable ordeal.  I know that part of their strength comes from the support they receive in their community, from citizens around our state and our nation.

Please continue to keep the Bergdahls in your thoughts and prayers as we look forward to the day Bowe Bergdahl safely returns to Idaho.”

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