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

Jun 30, 2014

A day of planned celebration of Bowe Bergdahl in his Idaho hometown turned out to be a pretty uneventful one. Hailey, Idaho, canceled 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.

This tree was one of four planted for an event last year in Bowe Bergdahl’s hometown. The trees marked his then four years in captivity.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

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.

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