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.

Natalie Weber produces and anchors the weekend broadcasts of NBC5 News at 6 and 11. She reports during the week for NBC5 News at 5 and 6. Natalie is also the spokesperson for S.O. Close to Homeless, a community discussion on homelessness in our region, started by Access and NBC5 News.

Natalie began her career in journalism as an intern with NBC5 News during her senior year at South Medford High School. Following graduation, she was promoted to Producer for the morning news broadcast for NBC’s sister station, FOX26, then to Producer for NBC5 News at Sunrise.

Natalie took a break from news to work for the Medford Police Department as a Records Specialist. However, she missed the fast-paced environment of the newsroom. Natalie moved back to her hometown of Eureka, California to start her on-air career with North Coast News KAEF ABC23 before returning once again to NBC5 News.

Natalie attended Southern Oregon University. She enjoys spending time with friends and family as well as running, reading and exploring Southern Oregon.

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