Boyd Gaming was founded by veterans Sam and Bill Boyd, who brought the values and standards they learned in the United States Armed Forces to help build one of the most established and respected casino entertainment companies in the gaming industry.
Sam Boyd was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II, serving at Camp Wheeler, Georgia as a surgical technician, assisting in the medical corps for physicians and surgeons. Sam went on to become a Corporal, completing his service in 1946. His son Bill Boyd, Boyd Gaming Executive Chairman, was in law school when he was drafted into the army during the Korean War in 1953. He served in the infantry in Munich, Germany and later became a legal clerk for the Munich Subarea. Bill went on to become a Private First Class, completing his service in 1955.
With veterans being at the root of the Company’s history, Boyd Gaming’s Veteran Recruitment and Retention team spearheaded a companywide veteran tribute program, honoring team members who serve or have served in the armed forces. The tribute walls debuted at more than 20 Boyd Gaming properties and the corporate headquarters in Las Vegas on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11.
Veteran Recruiter and Retention Specialist Samuel Boyd, Jr. — who served for a year in Iraq and two in Afghanistan — said the tribute walls are “a recognition for the veterans and active duty military members who work at Boyd Gaming properties.”
“We are proud to honor our veteran and active duty team members at Boyd Gaming properties across the country,” said Samuel.
The tributes are open to all team members who have served or serve our country.
The displays, headlined “Those Who Served,” feature photographs of team members who are veterans — Samuel counts at least 650 currently — with their names, ranks and branches of service. The seals of each of the five branches of the military are also included along with the iconic POW-MIA logo.
The program is the latest in a long-running effort by the Company to acknowledge the sacrifices of so many veterans and active duty military members who work for the Company.
“We’re diligently working to focus on veterans’ issues and recruit veterans and active duty military members through various outreach efforts,” said Samuel. “We appreciate our veteran and active duty members, and we’d like to welcome even more veterans and service members to the Boyd Gaming family.”
The Veteran Recruitment and Retention team drew on Boyd Gaming’s history for inspiration for the veteran walls: the famous Stardust Resort and Casino, that was purchased by the Company in 1985 and closed in 2006.
“I knew from experience that the Stardust had a veteran tribute wall,” said Samuel. “That’s where we first got the idea to bring the veteran tribute walls back to Boyd Gaming properties across the country.”
The first of the veteran walls debuted at Kansas Star Casino, Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, Iowa and at Sam’s Town Las Vegas this summer. The team has plans to construct veteran wall tributes at Boyd Gaming’s five newly acquired properties — Ameristar St. Charles, Ameristar Kansas City, Belterra Casino Resort, Belterra Park and Valley Forge Casino Resort — in the coming months.
Veteran and active duty team members interested in being recognized on their property’s veteran wall tribute can contact their Human Resources Department for more details.