Would-be Day Of Celebration In Bergdahl’s Hometown Passes Quietly

Jun 29, 2014

A day of planned celebration of Bowe Bergdahl in his Idaho hometown turned out to be a pretty uneventful one. Hailey, Idaho, cancelled Saturday’s event after the city received threats. Our correspondent Jessica Robinson has attended previous annual events for Bergdahl during his captivity and has more from Hailey.

Hop Porter Park in downtown Hailey
Credit Jessica Robinson

It was all going to happen in Hop Porter Park in downtown Hailey. You would have heard hundreds of motorcycles here -- members of POW and veterans groups from all over were expected to come. The singer Carole King was scheduled to perform. You would have seen U.S. Senators, Miss Idaho ... and of course the Bergdahl family.

But instead, the park was pretty quiet. A handful of bikers from Twin Falls did show up briefly anyway in solidarity with Bergdahl.

Over the weekend, one of the organizers sent an email to the media. She was frustrated that threats from what she called ‘mean, nasty people’ forced the cancelation of the event. And she thanked Bergdahl’s supporters.

There continues to be debate over Bergdahl’s release and whether he walked off his base in Afghanistan. Army investigators say they are holding off on interviewing Bergdahl while he goes through a recovery process in Texas.

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