Veterans honored at annual Fourth of July luncheon

Canyonville, Ore. — Much of the Fourth of July has been spent honoring our country’s veterans. At Seven Feathers Casino Resort, Oregon Governor Kate brown spoke highly of those who dedicated their lives to defending America. Hundreds of veterans were treated to lunch, and graciously thanked for their service to our country.

“I’m just pleased to be celebrating Independence Day with veterans of multiple generations from our very oldest, our most senior from world war two to the most recent,” Governor Brown said.

This is the 17th year of the event, dedicated to the Oregonians who risked their lives to protect our freedom.

“World War II was a long time ago,” Bill Markham said. “It’s just kind of nice to be remembered, is probably the best thing I can say.”

Outside, a wall displays the names of all Oregonians lost in battle, honoring the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Prizes were given to the youngest and oldest male and female veterans in the room. Country music singer Amy Clawson entertained the audience during lunch.

“These men and women were willing to sacrifice their lives for our freedom, for our nation, and today we’re here to honor their service, their commitment, and their sacrifice,” Governor Brown said.

It was an afternoon dedicated to fun and freedom, thanks to those sitting in the room, and the founding fathers of our country.

“Those guys really had foresight and guts to do what they did, and we can all be thankful for it,” Markham said.

The luncheon is put on every year by the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians.

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