Skip to comments.Hailey, Idaho Cancels Bergdahl Event Citing Safety Concerns
Posted on 06/04/2014 2:41:35 PM PDT by Second Amendment First
The town of Hailey, Idaho has canceled its June 28 event to celebrate the return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who was released from Taliban captivity nearly five years after he was reported missing in Afghanistan.
The Idaho Statesman posted this news release from organizers saying the the event is canceled "in the interest of public safety."
Since Bergdahl's release on May 31, the town of 8,000 has been inundated with negative emails and phone calls.
"When the news of Bowe Bergdahls release was announced this past Saturday, the organizers joyfully declared that the event would be renamed Bowe is Back, and would become a celebration of family and friends being reunited with their son who was had been held captive in Afghanistan for five years. In the past, the event had been a celebration of support to the family through these many years.
"National media attention on Hailey and this event has led many across the nation to believe that the event is intended to be a military parade. There is broad interest in this topic, as evidenced by the approximate 100 correspondences per day received by the City of Hailey this week. The organizers and Hailey expect a significant increase in attendance to this event, by people who both want to support or protest against it." - Release from event organizers
Despite the national backlash, Northwest News Network's Jessica Robinson reports the town of Hailey is defending its support of the Bergdahl family.
He was listed by the Department of Defense as a POW and thats all that matters to us, said Ralph Kramer, president of the Boise Valley POW/MIA Corporation. He served in the Air Force for two decades.
We've been supporting Bob and Jani since the beginning as part of our mission," Kramer said. "The POW mission is to make people aware and keep them aware. Our motto is 'Never forget.'" - Northwest News Network
Hailey's mayor has asked the nation to withhold judgment of Sgt. Bergdahl until all the facts are in.
I thought the DoD had not listed him as a POW.
Kind of like the liberal tenured morons at Duke withheld judgment?
I wonder what facts that town mayor is waiting for. It is known he walked off the military base and had communicated in hopes of contacting the enemy.
They should just have a 4th of July event
Public Safety. I see where this is going: we had to cancel because right-wing fanatics threatened us with violence.
you mean carole king will have to find something else to do ?
Yeah, there could be several safety issues when you invite a known terrorist collaborator to your party.
Hell come out as gay and everything will be fine.
Target and General Mills will sponsor the parade.
Hell jump Ellens couch and be on Dancing with the Stars.
After that he’ll run for US Senator for Massachusetts and win.
right on target, Miss M.
the media dupes will spew that “right-wing crazies” angle for a long time.
And if they can't get fireworks, Bowe can always make some IEDs to set off to entertain the crowd.
A Costume Party , come as your favorite Taliban
he will run as the “First Queer Native American” to be a senator and be endorsed by elizabeth fauxcahontas.
Nice tie in. My guess is this is the kind of town which doesn’t celebrate our independence.
You can count on it. Already the memo has been circulating.
That’s about par.
One can easily picture the lisping liberal reaction: "Oh heavens...not a military parade!"
He wasn't and neither were the Obama 5.
Leave Bowe Bergdahl alone