Bergdahl’s Hometown Reportedly Calls Off Planned Celebration

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was expected to get a hero’s welcome in his hometown of Hailey, Idaho, but as more information comes out about Bergdahl possibly being a deserter whose actions led to other soldiers dying, the tide has turned, and now Reuters’ Mark Felsenthal reports that the town of Hailey has called off its planned celebration for Bergdahl’s return.

This comes just a day after town officials were pleading for a damper on the hate they’ve all received ever since allegation’s of Bergdahl’s misconduct came out. The president of the town’s Chamber of Commerce said she’s received an onslaught of angry calls about Bergdahl.

She said, “All these five years, never a word of any negative nature whatsoever. And now, after two days, I was shocked when late at night, watching (TV) I started seeing the dragon’s head roar. Comments that are just off the wall.”

And a lot of these angry calls were people canceling their visits to Hailey for the celebration. Mayor Fritz Haemmerle put out a statement asking for people not to pre-judge Bergdahl and allow the celebration to continue on, but according to the Reuters report, the city administrator said today the town “will be unable to safely manage the number of people expected” and the celebration has been called off.

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