It was special Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th, at Snoqualmie Casino when team members Vicente Mariscal, Gil De Los Angeles, Ken Metzger and Michael Morgan – all U.S. military veterans – presented over 250 Challenge Coins to veterans from all over the region.
Challenge coins are a form of recognizing military members for achievements by a commander or an organization. The Snoqualmie Casino Challenge Coin is a heavy antiqued, high-quality brass coin with a hand enameled colored American Flag sitting behind an eagle. The eagle representing strength and the American Flag representing freedom.
Snoqualmie Casino Advertising and PR Manager Tarah Smigun said [from her perspective], there is a special comradery that exists among veterans. She said she was very touched watching casino team members share moments of laughter, story-telling and somber respect with the veterans that came out for the ceremony.
She added, “You can see the pride in the faces of these men and women and in many also a quiet humility. You can tell the acknowledgement of their service meant so much to them.”
“One of the core values that we instill among our team at Snoqualmie Casino is the appreciation of veterans and active duty service men and women,” said President and CEO Brian Decorah. “The Snoqualmie Casino Challenge Coin was created to express our gratitude to these courageous men and women for their strength and dedication to our country.”