The small town of Hailey, Idaho, has canceled an event to celebrate the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, citing security concerns after it was inundated with negative emails and angry phone calls.
In a statement, the organizers said that the town, with just 8,000 people, doesn’t have the infrastructure to support a big event.
Bergdahl was captured in Afghanistan in 2009 and freed this weekend.
Questions remain about the events that led to his capture, with some critics calling Bergdahl a deserter.
Photo: Flags and balloons marking the release from captivity of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl adorn the sidewalk outside a shop in the soldier’s hometown of Hailey, Idaho, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (Brian Skoloff / AP Photo)