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Originally published Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 2:24 PM

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Bergdahl's hometown cancels celebration of release

The small Idaho hometown of released captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has canceled plans for a celebration later this month, citing security concerns after the town was inundated with negative emails and angry phone calls.


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HAILEY, Idaho —

The Idaho hometown of released captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has canceled plans for a celebration later this month, citing security concerns after the town was inundated with negative emails and angry phone calls.

Organizers released a statement Wednesday saying that because of national media attention about Bergdahl's story, they expect a significant increase in the number of people planning to attend the event -- some to protest, and some to support the Bergdahl family. The organizers said that the town, with 8,000 people, doesn't have the infrastructure to support a big event.

Large events are not uncommon in the region, however. In nearby Ketchum, 12 miles the north, about 32,000 people attend the town's Wagon Days celebration each year.



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