Honor Veterans of All Wars at the 12th Annual Celebration of Honor at Chinook Winds Casino, Lincoln City, Oregon!

12th Annual Celebration of Honor, September 23-27, Chinook Winds Casino, Lincoln City, Oregon



Celebration of Honor, Chinook Winds Casino, Lincoln City, Oregon!

Presented by Chinook Winds Casino Resort

An event to honor Active Duty Personnel and Military Veterans September 23-27, 2015

  • Field of Honor (1,000 Flags)
  • Cost of Freedom Tribute
  • Oregon Travelling Memorial Wall
  • American Infantry Soldier Camp
  • Vets Helping Vets HQ Wall

Veterans and Active Duty Personnel Receive a Free Buffet on Thursday, September 24, 2015

For more information, contact Bill John at 1-888-244-6665 ext. 5815 or Heather Hatton at ext. 5766



Veterans of Oregon Honorable Service Medal

I was honored to receive the Veterans of Oregon Honorable Service Medal at the 10th Annual Celebration of Honor in 2013.  Having served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War era back in the mid 1960’s, it was not easy for me to honor my own military service until later in life.  When we came home from serving during and after the Vietnam War, it was a time when veterans were not honored and respected like we are today.  Like millions of other veterans of that time long ago, we took off our uniforms and moved on with our lives, avoiding any discussion or acknowledgement of military service.  The sad fact for many warriors of that time, is we never had the opportunity to heal and to honor the sacrifice of so many who protected the freedoms we all enjoy in America.  Vietnam veterans are most honored and proud of serving America and spend much time in retirement these days serving America again by honoring and supporting veterans of all wars.  The Oregon Coast Veterans Association is one such non-profit organization that goes the extra mile to support all veterans throughout the year, including during the Celebration of Honor.  Please join your fellow veterans and all Americans who will honor and give thanks to veterans of all wars this week at the 12th Annual Celebration of Honor, at Chinook Winds Casino, Lincoln City, Oregon…

Steve Sparks, US Navy Veteran, Author, Blogger, and Child Advocate

Click the highlighted text below for my author page…

Reconciliation: A Son’s Story and My Journey of Healing in Life after Trauma Part 1 & 2

A Tribute to Good Samaritans, at Roads End Beach in Lincoln City, Oregon!!!

Bret Lucich
The Bret Lucich Show… Click photo for larger view…  Click highlighted text for schedule of shows…
Judy, just before her fall on October 3, 2014… Thank God she was not injured!


Roads End Beach at North end during low tide…we could see the other side… Click on highlighted text for more…

Bret Lucich, “One Hero at a Time.”  Click on highlighted text for YouTube music/video clip…

Bret Lucich was at the Roads End Beach on Oct 3rd…when my wife, Judy, fell on the rocks at the north end.   Another hero, Clayton, from Elko, Nevada was there to help as well. We are grateful that Judy did not hit her head and sustain serious injuries…  It was one of those unexpected moments that can happen to anyone that could have changed our lives in an instant if Judy had been seriously injured…   Bret and Clayton were very kind and comforting to Judy and stayed with us until she recovered from the fall.  I then learned about Bret’s musical genius and his work honoring veterans. This was no accidental meeting!  Judy and I look forward to thanking Bret again soon and listening to his music. We are also thankful for Clayton’s help!

Our lesson learned from this experience is that we are not youngsters anymore and have limitations.  Judy lost her balance and was wearing  walking shoes, not climbing shoes.  I was not by her side to help her when she fell.  I was taking the above photo just before she fell over backwards into a hole and landed wedged between two rocks, which was luckily a protected fall as opposed to falling head first.  We all value exercise in our later years…keeps you fit and feeling younger.  But please stay close to your partner when venturing into risky rock climbing or hiking in general.  And remember to wear the right shoes to avoid the prospect of slipping.  Judy and I are so grateful for the help from Bret and Clayton during this stressful time.  We made new friends to be sure, and thank them both for their kindness on that day.  As a tribute to Bret and Clayton, I am sharing Bret Lucich’s music video, “One Hero at a Time.”  We both have much in common with our mutual passion in supporting veterans who protect the freedoms we enjoy in America.

Steve Sparks, Author, Reconciliation: A Son’s Story and My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1…  Click highlighted text for my author page…