LINCOLN CITY — To honor all veterans of the armed forces, active duty personnel and their families, a small patriotic town on Oregon's Central Coast, Lincoln City, will host a city-wide "Celebration of Honor" September 22-26, 2010.
Over the past several years, Lincoln City has established itself as a welcoming community for veterans and their families; a fun place for a weekend getaway or to vacation for several days. With open arms, the community has welcomed veterans by hosting the traveling Vietnam Wall in 2004 & 2008, by organizing a welcome home celebration for the Oregon Army National Guard in 2005, by holding an annual rededication of the Veterans' Memorial at Chinook Winds Casino Resort, by honoring military personnel who were preparing for deployment with a special dinner sponsored by Mo's Restaurant, by hosting "The Field of Flags" on the grounds of Chinook Winds Casino Resort in 2007, 2009 and 2010, by conducting the Oregon Veterans Medal Presentation September 2007-2010 at Chinook Winds Casino Resort, and by offering ongoing Veterans discounts by many of the city's hotels through the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau.
Events during the September 22-25 Celebration of Honor will be held city-wide by civic and charitable organizations, merchants associations, the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Center, the Lincoln City Parks and Recreation Department and Chinook Winds Casino Resort. These events are designed to appeal to veterans and their families with many activities for both children and adults.
Chinook Winds Casino Resort is proud to again host the Veterans of Oregon "Field of Honor" featuring 1,000 American flags on display on the resort grounds overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the AVTT Travelling Wall & Cost of Freedom Tribute both from September 22-September 25.
The Opening Ceremony including a candlelight vigil will begin on Friday at 6pm with a Ride of Honor at the Wall followed by the release of Wish Lanterns over the Pacific and free bags of marbles for children from the Visitor and Convention Bureau.
Presentation ceremonies of the Oregon Veterans Medal will take place on Saturday, at 5pm and Sunday at 2pm. The Oregon Veterans Medal is a custom designed, engraved 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 one week prior to the presentation. All ceremonies will be held near the AVTT Travelling Tribute.
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 it off at the 5K Run/Walk for Honor sponsored by Chinook Winds Casino Resort at 9am (register at the event). Author John Baker will be featured at a book signing for his book on the history of Camp Adair at the Lincoln City Cultural Center from 10am - 3pm. Stop by the Bijou Theatre for a free showing of "Good Morning Vietnam" at 11am sponsored by Chinook Winds Casino Resort and afterward, head down to the south end of town and free admission to the North Lincoln County Museum to see Redheads to War Dogs, World War II on the Oregon Coast beginning at 1pm.
Saturday's 5pm Ceremony at the upper south parking lot of Chinook Winds Casino Resort will be begin with the arrival of two WWII Tanks and other vintage military equipment ushering in the motorcyclists of the Celebration of Honor Tribute Ride. Tom McKinley, founder of this Gold Star ride, anticipates that there will be over 300 participants in this ride that honors Gold Star Families. Beginning in Newport at 7am, this group of motorcyclists will be visiting families of fallen soldiers who were killed in the current conflict overseas or that have passed after their return home. They will travel from Newport to Toledo, then on to Siletz, and continue to Kernville over highway 229 where they will enter Hwy 101. From there they will proceed north to Chinook Winds Casino Resort.
Don't miss the Sunday breakfast from 7-10am at the Lakeview Senior Living Center, free to Veterans and donations accepted from non-veterans.
At the historic Delake School, now known as the Lincoln City Cultural Center, Ron Gorremans will have a display of Military Equipment and memorabilia from Thursday, September 22- Tuesday September 27.
Saturday or Sunday, Stop by the D River Wayside for the red, white and blue kite display, followed by a stroll on the beach where red, white, and blue glass floats will be 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. To test the ocean breeze red, white and blue kites will be given away to the youngsters.
Tanger Outlet Mall will offer free coupon books upon presentation of a military I.D. They will be available at the Tanger business office.
The Pioneer Cemetery Association will be flying American flags in honor of the veterans buried Pioneer Cemetery, and the Lions Club International will be lining the streets with American flags in honor of the event.
There will be fly-overs, displays of vintage and new military equipment, a Celebration of Honor Motorcycle Run honoring Gold Star Families, a motorcycle Poker Run and many more events to take part in at the Celebration of Honor.
Families, individuals, and organizations are welcome to place wreaths at the AVTT Travelling Tribute during the weekend. There will be a special area where they will be displayed.
For more information contact Teresa Simmons at 541-996-5815, e-mail TeresaS@CWCResort.com or check the Chinook Winds web site at www.chinookwindscasino.com. Updated information can be found at www.oregoncoasttoday.com, or by contacting the Lincoln City Visitor & Convention Bureau at 1-800-452-2151 or at www.oregoncoast.org. For the Poker Run see Roundabouts For Veterans and Community at www.roundaboutsforVetsandCom.com. Contact Lakeview Senior Living at 541-994-7400 regarding the Sunday breakfast and Sandy Gruber at 541-994-5656 about the Wish Lanterns ( a fundraiser for Relay for Life).
Information regarding the Veterans of Oregon Honorable Service Medal can be found at www.veteransoforegon.com.