Medal of Honor recipient speaks at Fort McCoy Community Salute

Defense Visual Information Distribution Service | Catherine Carroll
Updated: May 19, 2018

The Fort McCoy community gathered together for an Our Community Salutes event at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin on Armed Forces Day, May 19, to salute graduating high school seniors who have enlisted in the military. [more]


July 9th, 2018|Categories: National, OCS Wisconsin, Wisconsin|

74 students enlisting to serve country get recognized after Pico Rivera teacher’s anti-military rant

KABC-TV Los Angeles | Education | Veronica Miracle
Updated: May 31, 2018

Seventy-four high school seniors were celebrated in Pico Rivera on Wednesday for their commitment to serving their country. [more]


July 9th, 2018|Categories: California, Education, National, OCS Pico Rivera|

Pico Rivera moves on from Gregory Salcido’s anti-military rant with ceremony honoring students who chose to enlist

Whittier Daily News | Local | Hayley Munguia
Updated: June 1, 2018

In a patriotic showing that included the presentation of the colors and speeches from military officers, hundreds of friends and family members of 78 local soon-to-be high school graduates filled Pico Rivera’s A Mi Hacienda restaurant and night club on Wednesday. The club had transformed into a ceremonial space to show support for the students, all of whom have opted to enlist in the military. [more]


July 9th, 2018|Categories: California, Education, National, OCS Pico Rivera|

Why we should celebrate high school grads signing up to defend us

The Washington Post | Perspective | Jay Mathews
Updated: June 17, 2018

Several years ago, Toni Stinson’s son was told he couldn’t wear special cords signifying military enlistment at his high school graduation. It would not have been disruptive. Only five or six seniors were enlisting. But the school said no. [more]


July 9th, 2018|Categories: Education, National, OCS Fredericksburg, Virginia|

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

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, they hosted The First to Say Thank You event at the Windsor High School auditorium.

The ceremony honored 59 students from 31 districts in New York and Pennsylvania. Read more…

June 23rd, 2017|Categories: National, New York, Pennsylvania|

Event Honors Those Entering the Military After High School

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 59 students from 31 districts throughout New York and Pennsylvania.

This is the fifth year the Conklin Kiwanis Club has partnered with “Our Community Salutes” Read more…

June 14th, 2017|Categories: National, New York|

Cape May County Honors Graduates Entering the Military

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 the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

“I’m a first-generation American,” the 18-year-old from Upper Township said during a dinner hosted by Wildwood High School honoring Cape May County high school graduates who will enter the military. “I feel an obligation to give back.” Read more…

June 14th, 2017|Categories: National, New Jersey|

2017 Fort McCoy Armed Forces Day Open House Entertains Many Attendees

An estimated nearly 2,000 people attended the 2017 Fort McCoy Armed Forces Day Open House here May 20 despite, at times, some heavy rain conditions.

The open house was held on the grounds of Fort McCoy’s historic Commemorative Area, which includes World War II-era buildings, the Equipment Park, and Veterans Memorial Plaza. Read more…

May 28th, 2017|Categories: National, Wisconsin|

42 Graduating Senior Military Enlistees Recognized at 3rd Annual “Our Community Salutes” Ceremony

The “Our Community Salutes” Brookhaven Chapter held its third annual High School Enlistee Recognition Ceremony at Sunset Harbour on May 18, 2017, the largest ceremony yet for the new Brookhaven chapter. Approximately 270 people consisting of the student honorees, members of their families, Blue Star mothers, veterans, community members and elected officials came out to be “the first to say thank you” to the students for the service they are about to undertake. Students from six local school districts including William Floyd, Longwood, Patchogue-Medford, Center Moriches, Eastport-South Manor and South Country were recognized. William Floyd has 12 seniors enlisting after […]

May 28th, 2017|Categories: National, New York|

San Antonio Hosts 6th Annual ‘A Night in Your Honor’

Future service members, their families, educators, business leaders and military members gathered in the Rosenberg Sky Room at the University of the Incarnate Word May 17 to participate in the 6th Annual “A Night in Your Honor” sponsored by Our Community Salutes-San Antonio, or OCS.

The program began with a welcome by Dr. Cyndi Porter, president of OCS, who introduced her husband, Vincent Porter, School of Extended Studies for UIW dean, who served as master of ceremonies. Read more…

May 28th, 2017|Categories: National, OCS San Antonio, Texas|