9th Annual Celebration of Honor Weekend

Posted by OCVA / September 17, 2012

On Sunday, September 23, Chinook Winds Casino Resort will say “thank you” to veterans and active duty personnel with an invitation to have breakfast, lunch or dinner FREE at the Siletz Bay Buffet just by presenting proof of service.  This is part of Chinook Winds ongoing tradition as part of the annual Celebration of Honor to show appreciation to those who have put their lives on the line so the rest of us can enjoy the freedoms that we have.

For the past nine years Chinook Winds Casino Resort has spearheaded the annual Celebration of Honor, an event to honor active duty personnel, military veterans and their families.  This year the event will take place September 20-23, the fourth weekend in September.

Once again Chinook Winds Casino Resort will sponsor the Field of Honor, consisting of 1,000 standard sized American Flags, majestically waving in the breeze overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean directly north of Chinook Winds Casino.  The field will be open to the public Thursday, September 20 at 2pm beginning with the arrival of a motorcycle run and remain open through Sunday, September 23.  Various organizations will be on hand with information pertinent to veterans and their families.  Saturday begins at 7am with a SOS Breakfast at Henry’s Lighthouse Donuts located in Lighthouse Square on the north end of Lincoln City.  A plate is just $5, and proceeds go to the Oregon Coast Veterans.

Walk or run off your hearty breakfast at the 3rd annual 5K Run/Walk for Honor sponsored by Chinook Winds Casino Resort at 9am beginning at the Field of Flags.  All proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project.  This event is free for veterans and active duty military personnel with proper military I.D. For all others pre-registration is $30.  Registration after September 1 and on race day is $40. You can register on the day of the event until 8:30am.  Online registration is available at www.chinookwindscasino.com.  Participants will receive a t-shirt.

World War II teenagers, Joann Kangiser Snider and Lonnie Headrick, invite anyone with memories of “dim outs, rationing cards, and the Volunteer Coast Patrols,” to join them for a discussion recalling the Central Oregon Coast’s “Home Front” daily life and contributions to the War effort.  Storyteller G. “Mick” McLean will facilitate the discussion 1pm Saturday, September 22 at the North Lincoln County Museum.

Presentation ceremonies of the Oregon Veterans Medal will take place 5pm on both Friday September 21 and Saturday, September 22, at the Field of Flags.  Many families of our Oregon servicemen and women killed in action will be present to post flags on behalf of their fallen heroes who will be honored at the opening of the ceremony.  The Oregon Veterans Medal is a custom designed medal signifying appreciation for the service and sacrifice of veterans who reside in the state of Oregon.  To qualify for the medal, an application form must be completed in advance of the ceremony, with proof of military service attached. Forms will be available at Chinook Winds Casino Resort Players Services just inside the entrance to the Casino beginning September 17.  For more information, go to www.veteransoforegon.com.

A stroll on the beach may produce hidden treasure in the form of a red, white, or blue glass float carefully placed along the miles of sand by Lincoln City Visitor & Convention Bureau volunteers for guests to the community to discover as part of the critically acclaimed “Finders Keepers” promotion.

The Celebration of Honor will conclude with the Re-dedication of the Veterans Memorial in front of the Casino at 2pm on Sunday.  And remember, all Veterans and Active Duty Personnel get a free buffet on Sunday.  Just stop by the table in the lobby, show proof of service and enjoy the meal!

Join in the Celebration of Honor to remember and honor our fallen heroes, veterans, active duty personnel and their families.

Chinook Winds Casino Resort, located on the beach in Lincoln City, is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon.

“We Honor Our Veterans Better at the Beach”

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