OCS of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan

About This Chapter

Our Community Salutes is a national, non-profit organization created to recognize and honor graduating high school students who plan to enlist in the armed services.


Want to support your community? We appreciate your desire to help as all of our events are made possible by volunteers like you. Individual, groups, organizations and businesses alike can volunteer to help. Want to act as a liaison with a service branch career recruiter? Help plan an event? Make a phone call to a potential sponsor? We welcome volunteers with various backgrounds, talents and skills. Please contact us to learn about volunteer opportunities and we’ll help you get started.


Sponsorship and advertising opportunities can include:

  • Publications
  • Social Marketing Communications
  • Marketing Materials
  • Events
  • Table-top Displays
  • … and much more!
We’re proud to provide support from our sponsors who have an interest in serving the needs of your our military community. Sponsoring or advertising at an OCS event will create an authentic and lasting relationship with our graduates, enlistees, families and communities.

Contact us to see what opportunities can help your brand reach the enlistees and families of our communities.

Become a Sponsor

Contact Information

2017 Recognition Ceremony

We held the fifth annual Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan Community Salutes Ceremony on April 13, 2017 at the Maumee High School Performing Arts Center here in Toledo, Ohio.We honored 240 individuals whom will be entering the military and an estimated 700 people attended the event. Military support expos were held prior to the ceremony featuring military support and veteran organizations.

Our guest speaker was Dr. Mike Bower, Army Veteran and President of Owens Community College.

Commemorative Challenge Coins were presented by veterans from the following organizations:

Branch  Coin Presenters
Army Veterans of Foreign Wars
Army National Guard Ohio Female Veterans Initiative
Navy Toledo Submarine Veterans Association
Marine Corp. Marine Corp. League
Air Force American Legion
Air Force National Guard Toledo Buffalo Soldiers
Coast Guard  Toledo/Great Lakes Coast Guard Auxiliary

Teacher/Counselor Eagle Award: Andrew McGurk, St Ursula Academy
Mr. McGurk helped create the first annual salute to Female Veterans Ceremony.

Business Eagle Award: Buckeye Broadband
Buckeye Broadband have helped to support numerous veteran and active duty fundraising events over the years.

Each year the event gets bigger and better! If you go onto heroesinaction.org, scroll down you will see a video for our 2016 Community Salutes Ceremony.

Recent News and Information

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When celebrating high school seniors, don’t leave out military-bound students

March 29th, 2018|0 Comments

Philly.com | Opinion | Dr. Ken Hartman
Updated: MARCH 28, 2018

April marks the beginning of when 1.8 million college-bound high school seniors will decide on which […]

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Windsor High School is the ‘first to say thank you’

June 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Windsor Central High School and the Conklin Kiwanis clubs were the “first to say thank you” to high school graduates entering the military.

On June 7, […]

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Event Honors Those Entering the Military After High School

June 14th, 2017|0 Comments

A Kiwanis club hosted an event in Windsor Wednesday night honoring those entering the military after high school.

The event called, “First to Say Thank You,” honored […]

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Cape May County Honors Graduates Entering the Military

June 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Forest Wan won’t have much of a summer vacation. Just two weeks after the Ocean City High School senior graduates, he will report to […]

To All Who Have Served, “Thank You”