Bowe Bergdahl’s hometown cancels ‘Welcome Home” celebration

Bowe Bergdahl’s hometown cancels ‘Welcome Home” celebration

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(Fox News)—The central Idaho city of Hailey has canceled the much-anticipated welcoming back ceremony of Taliban captive, Bowe Bergdahl. 

For years, the town has rallied, hoped and prayed for the return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured by the Taliban a year into his tour. Bergdahl was held for five years until Saturday's announcement that he'd been swapped for five prisoners in Guantanamo Bay.

But the jubilation that followed his release has given way to confusion and fear, as questions about whether Bergdahl was a deserter have surfaced. City Hall has been inundated with angry letters and emails from around the country. The long-planned "Welcome Back, Bowe" celebration, planned for June 28 in a local park, was canceled Wednesday amid growing claims by Bergdahl's fellow soldiers that he deserves no honor.

“This man deserves no welcome," reads one of the many emails sent to City Hall. "His reward is being alive, unlike the brave soldiers who actually followed their orders and continued to search for him knowing full well he had deserted his post.”

“You and anyone else involved in organizing this farce of a celebration should be ashamed of yourselves,” reads another.

Some employees and the businesses that have supported Bowe’s release have received angry messages from people both around the country and even from within the community.

On Wednesday afternoon, Hailey's City Administrator issued a press release saying, “In the interest of public safety, the event will be canceled. Hailey, a town of 8,000 does not have the infrastructure to support an event of the size this could become. “

Others write in support of Bergdahl, his hometown and President Obama's decision to bring home America's last remaining prisoner of war.

“The President knows very well that we cannot leave an American behind, no matter the case. His decision is right and patriotic. The outcry that follows is more of the same. The outcry comes from circles that hate President Obama from the first day in the Oval Office. It is not only sad but also despicable that the hate for the President is now being visited upon Bowe Bergdahl. “

Most folks in Hailey are glad Bergdahl is safe, and willing to reserve judgment about what he did.

"It's not like he’s been vacationing at Disneyland for five years,"a former roommate of Bergdahl told Fox News. "He’s been going through a lot so not only should we find out the truth but also take into account everything that’s happened over the five years.”

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/06/04/bergdahl-hometown-cancels-welcome-home-ceremony-amid-questions-threats/

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