The swelling sea of red, white and blue at Chinook Winds Casino Resort will signal the Celebration of Honor’s return to Lincoln City on Tuesday, Sept. 26.
Now in its 15th year of honoring active-duty personnel, military veterans and their families, the event begins on Tuesday with the creation of the Field of Honor, 1,000 US flags displayed overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Guests at the event will also be able to view the Oregon KIA Memorial Wall and the Wall of Honor, which recognizes those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
At the resort’s convention center, attractions include a living military history weapons display, a uniform exhibit and a Veterans Services information tent for veterans and their families, open from 10 am to 5 pm on Friday and Saturday. In the casino lobby, guests will be able to admire a life-size wood statue depicting the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima.
On Wednesday, Sept. 26, veterans and active-duty personnel eat free at the Siletz Bay Buffet. Guests 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. 27, the casino will host a rock ’n roll concert from Lance Lipinsky & The Lovers, with free admission for veterans and active-duty military, who can get two tickets upon providing proof of service. The music starts at 8 pm, with admission $15 for the general public.
On Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28 and 29, veterans and active-duty military can get two tickets for the price of one for Comedy on the Coast, featuring headliner Kevin Jordan.
The Oregon Veterans Medal Presentation Ceremony will start at 2 pm on Saturday, Sept. 29, on the Field of Honor just behind the casino. Many friends and family members of service men and women killed in action will post flags of remembrance at the beginning of the medal ceremony. The Oregon Veterans Medal is a custom-designed medal that signifies Oregon’s appreciation for the service and sacrifice of veterans. Medal application forms are available at the Field of Honor, starting at noon on Wednesday. For more information, go to www.veteransoforegon.com or call 971-806-0882.
Public Relations Manager Heather Hatton said there are many ways for individuals, families, youth groups, businesses and organizations to become involved with the Celebration of Honor, from running fund-raisers to offering discounts and putting up decorations to offering a simple “thank you.”
“By working together during The Celebration of Honor, we maintain our distinguished reputation and provide a successful city-wide event,” she said. “We continue this 15-year-old tradition to honor those who have selflessly guarded our freedom.”
Lincoln City’s American Legion Post 97 will host a Celebration of Honor dinner for all interested veterans on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Chinook Winds Casino Resort.
The guest speaker, John “Spike” Nasmyth, will be sharing his experience as a prisoner of war for more than five years in North Vietnam. As an Air Force F-4C combat pilot, Nasmyth was decorated with the Silver Star for his heroic actions during incarceration. He is the author of several books about his experience in Vietnam, including “2,355 Days: A POW’s Story,” “The Boys Who Bring in the Crop” and “So You Want to be a Ferry Pilot.”
The dinner will run from 5:30-7:30 pm at the casino, 1777 NW 44th Street.
Reservations are required for this dinner. Veterans will be charged $25 each and spouses dine free. All veterans are invited and no veteran will be turned away.
To reserve seats, call Loriann Sheridan at 541-921-2008 or email email@example.com.