Bowe Bergdahl's hometown has cancelled his welcome home celebration, matching the tone of the nation's welcome. The city's administrator told Reuters that the June 28 rally was cancelled because the town "will be unable to safely manage the number of people expected." And while that's the official word, all the patriotic civilians who called the city's residents with negative messages can probably take some of the credit.
Between 10,000 and 50,000 people were expected to visit the town of 8,000 for the "Bowe Is Back" celebration, including bikers from Boise's POW/MIA organization, according to NBC News. But, as Reuters notes, the city has been increasingly called on to cancel the celebration, due to the allegations that Bergdahl deserted his post in Afghanistan prior to being captured.
Over the last few days, residents of the town have spoken with reporters about the town's reaction to his return. “The conditions he must have endured. There were times I lost faith that he was even alive, that he would ever make it home," hotel worker Adam Marks told the Los Angeles Times. "But a lot of people here didn’t lose their faith at all.” On Monday NBC released a video with residents saying they're "100 percent" behind Bergdahl and excited for the celebration.