Celebration of Honor

American flags flap in the breeze in the Field of Honor located on the grounds of Chinook Winds Casino Resort as part of the annual Celebration of Honor. This year’s celebration takes place Sept. 18-21. (Courtesy photo)

Sixteenth annual event takes place Sept. 18-21

For the past 16 years, Chinook Winds Casino Resort, owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, has spearheaded the annual Celebration of Honor, a public event that honors active-duty personnel, military veterans and their families.

This celebration includes the Field of Honor, the Oregon KIA Memorial Wall, Living Military History Weapons Display, Uniform Display (Convention Center) and a veterans services information tent for veterans and their families.

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, veterans and active-duty personnel eat free during open hours at the Siletz Bay Buffet. Veterans and active-duty personnel must stop by the Winners Circle to register and show proof of military service (DD-214 or other military ID), to receive this benefit.

On Thursday, Sept. 19, up to two tickets for Comedy on the Coast will free for serving military and veterans.

The Oregon Veterans Medal Presentation Ceremony will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21. The Oregon Veterans Medal is a custom-designed medal that signifies Oregon’s appreciation for the service and sacrifice of veterans. To qualify for this medal, an application form must be completed in advance with proof of military service attached. Forms are available at the Veteran Services Tent, starting at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Closing ceremonies are on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 5 p.m. in front of the casino, with the Siletz Honor Guard and Bear Spirit Drum Group as well as former Department of Veteran Affairs Director Jim Willis as Master of Ceremonies.

Also during this annual celebration, a casual stroll on the beach could provide a hidden treasure in the form of a red, white, or blue glass float that was carefully placed among the miles of sand, shells and driftwood by Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau volunteers. This treasure-discovering promotion is part of the “Finders Keepers” community program.

Your participation is welcome: contact Heather Hatton at 541-996-5766 or [email protected] or Stephanie Hull at 541-996-5815 or [email protected] for more information on how to get involved and volunteer for this annual event honoring those who serve and have served to protect this country. There are many ways for individuals, families, youth groups, businesses, and organizations to become involved with the Celebration of Honor. A fundraiser for a veteran’s group; a special or discount at your business for veterans and their families; red, white, and blue decorations at your store; flying red, white, and blue kites; displaying the American flag at your home or business; shaking the hand of a veteran or active-duty person or planning an event are just a few ways people can become part of this year’s celebration.

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