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

Jessica Robinson
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.";

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.

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 also 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 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 cancellation 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.

Inland Northwest Correspondent Jessica Robinson reports from the Northwest News Network's bureau in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. From the politics of wolves to mining regulation to small town gay rights movements, Jessica covers the economic, demographic and environmental trends that are shaping places east of the Cascades.