Ceremony honors N.J. grads headed to the military
Amid the pomp and circumstance of graduation season, retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Michele S. Jones addresses a banquet audience of 300. Read full article.
Military enlistees recognized during ceremony
U.S. Army Major Gen. Peter Lennon on Saturday afternoon welcomed 71 enlistees from 47 towns in Herkimer, Oneida, Otsego and Schoharie counties to the nation's armed forces during the inaugural Our Community Salutes of Central New York military recognition event at Herkimer Home State Historic Site. Read full article.
Military new-comers celebrated at Herkimer Home
Students from a four-county area who are entering the Armed Forces were honored on Saturday in the inaugural event is called "Our Community Salutes of Central New York." Read full article.
Fort Bend community salutes the Military
The Fort Bend County community will have the opportunity to honor our active military, new recruits and veterans during this multi-part event, being held at Constellation Field on Tuesday, May 28th. Read full article.
High school graduates entering
military service to be honored
More than 460 Northeast Ohio high school seniors who will enter military service after their graduations will be honored Tuesday. Read full article.
High school students committed to armed forces recognized with ceremony
Our Community Salutes (OCS) is a national, non-profit organization created in 2009 to recognize and honor high school students who plan to enlist in the armed services after graduation. Read full article.
Gloucester County high schoolers recognized for choosing military after graduation
Seth Hertzog's name won't be posted on the long list of graduating Delsea Regional High School seniors going off to college next year. Instead, the Franklinville teen enlisted in the U.S. Army. Read full article.
More than 100 Armed Forces recruits saluted at ceremony
Whitmer High School senior Rita Harris has started what she hopes will be a trend in her family. The 18-year-old student who has enlisted in the U.S. Army has encouraged her 17-year-old sister to join the service. Read full article.
Missouri City Chick-fil-A partners with Sugar Land Skeeters and Girls Scouts for benefit night
Representing Girl Scout Troop 630, Bonnie Worstell, an Ambassador level Girl Scout, junior at Clements high school, and coordinator for the upcoming event, Our Community Salutes Fort Bend... Read full article.
Our Community Salutes Wants To Say "Thank You" First
The idea was spawned by Dr. Kenneth Hartman, who while working for Cherry Hill Schools wondered what was done to honor military-bound high school seniors. Read full article.
N.J. group aims to make sure high school grads who enlist in the army are honored
An organization rooted in southern New Jersey is making sure high school seniors who plan to enter the military after graduation are being honored. Read full article.
Ceremonies hail grads heading into military
Not that long ago, Joshua Stinson's decision to join the Marines wouldn't have gotten big fanfare in his community. But the 18-year-old is one of a growing number of military-bound high school seniors honored in special graduation ceremonies across the nation. Read full article.
Military, Dignitaries Salute Local Enlistees
Fredericksburg has its first "Our Community Salutes" program to honor local military enlistees. More than 60 young people were recognized at Monday night's event. Read full article.
High School Grads Heading to Military Get a Salute
It struck Christine Zinser a year ago, as her son Philipp was finishing high school and heading into the Marine Corps: At all the season's award banquets, while there were honors for those heading to military academies and college ROTC programs, the graduates who were enlisting were not recognized. Read full article.
South Florida military recruits embark on their next journey
Hundreds of high school graduates and their families gathered to salute the youth on their next endeavor: the U.S. Armed Forces. Read full article.
Our Community Salutes Day proclaimed in the great State of Georgia
In concert with the 2012 OCS ceremony held in Atlanta, the governor of the State of Georgia has proclaimed May 20, 2012 as Our Community Salutes Day in Georgia. Read proclamation.
Fairfax group honors high school graduates headed into the military
Dozens of Fairfax County high school seniors gathered Wednesday evening to be honored for their commitment to enlist in the military after graduation. It was the second annual such event organized by the Northern Virginia chapter of Our Community Salutes, a group that puts together independent graduation ceremonies to recognize enlistees and their parents. Read full article.
Mom, I'm Enlisting in the Marines
One of the proudest moments of a parent's life could be watching their son or daughter walk down the aisle in their cap and gown to receive their high school diploma. ... Read full article.
Seniors joining service saluted at 1st program for Toledo area
Parents and grandparents, siblings and friends applauded -- some cheered -- as more than 100 soon-to-be high school graduates from northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan crossed the stage... Read full article.
Fairfax mother has led push to recognize high school seniors who enlist in the military
On Valentine’s Day 2011, Philipp Zinser told his mother he planned to enlist in the Marine Corps. At the time, he was a 17-year-old senior at Fairfax County’s Robinson Secondary, Read full article.
Fairfax County debates honors for high school graduates enlisting in military
In Fairfax County, where honors abound for high school seniors on the road to college, a growing chorus of parents says that spring graduation ceremonies should recognize a long-overlooked cadre of students who have chosen another path: enlistment in the military. Read full article.
New York City Hails U.S. Army Future
Soldiers at First ‘Our Community
Salutes of Brooklyn’
For many college-bound high school graduates, freshman orientations and term papers are on the horizon, yet for some New York City and Long Island-based seniors, they are rewriting graduation traditions by pursuing a different pathway to their future through service in the U.S. Armed Forces. Read full article.
These Grads Choose To Serve
On Valentine’s Day, many moms Oreceive candy hearts or chocolates. But Christine Zinser, a Burke mother of five and local Realtor, got a stunning declaration from her 17-year-old son Philipp. “My son was asking me to go to the local recruiting station to sign papers that would allow him to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps right after high school graduation,” Zinser said. Read full article.
'Our Community Salutes' Young Soldiers
The "Our Community Salutes" dinner held in Voorhees, N.J. on Thursday night honored dozens of South Jersey students who have chosen to go into the military over college next year. Watch NBC News video.
Community group salutes high school seniors volunteering for military service
Every year across the nation, high school seniors attend awards and graduation ceremonies. Valedictorians and scholarship awardees are recognized and honored by their communities and fellow students. But in these ceremonies the thousands of young men and women who choose to enlist in the armed forces are largely ignored. Read full article.
Community Group Salutes, Honors High School Graduates Joining Military
After leaving a routine school board meeting, former Army officer Ken Hartman realized nothing was being done to recognize high school graduates joining the military. Upon this revelation, he founded Our Community Salutes, a non-profit organization created to recognize and honor graduating high school students (and their parents) who plan to enlist in the armed services after graduation. Read full article.
Our Community Salutes honors students going to Army
Kenneth Hartman, academic director of Drexel University Online and a United States Army veteran, is also founder of Our Community Salutes, an organization that honors high school graduates planning to enter the military. Read full article.
Salutes for Graduates Who'll Be Saluting Soon
The valedictorians stood out with their bronze medals, and the honor-society members wore turquoise stoles and decorative cords to mark their successes at Cherry Hill High School West in New Jersey. But it was three serious-looking young men in plain purple robes who were asked to stand midway through their graduation ceremony here at Temple University on Wednesday afternoon, as the school’s principal, Joseph Meloche, announced their names and future plans. Read full article.
High school seniors earn salute en route to enlistment
Highland High School senior Eric Jacot dreams of a career in nuclear engineering, but he hasn't filled out a single college application. The Blackwood resident plans to get his schooling from the U.S. Navy. Read full article
Conflicting Attitudes When Grads Enlist in Military
Much praise and applause is given at this time of year to high-school graduates who win athletic scholarships, gain admission to elite colleges or earn high grades. Read full article
Armed forces laud Bethel Park educator
Without the military, Mark Render never would have gone to college. But the benefits earned from six years in the Air National Guard enabled him to enroll in Ohio State University and receive a bachelor's degree in social studies. Read full article
Events to honor 300 area students joining the armed forces
When John and Melanie Kortz's three sons enlisted in the service after graduating from McKeesport High School, it largely went unnoticed in their community. Read full article
Camden County will honor students joining military
On the stage of the Liacouras Center at Temple University, Cherry Hill school board member Ken Hartman handed diplomas to the township's high school graduates, then asked each of them a question: "What are you going to do next year?" Read full article
Vet sets banquet to honor military's newest
For college-bound high school graduates, it's a season of community celebration. They're honored at big receptions. Parents slap on the bumper stickers, advertising where their sons and daughters are headed for higher degrees. But in Cherry Hill, school board member Ken Hartman wondered about the minority -- the fraction of South Jersey high school graduates who go straight from school into military service. Read full article
New Jersey Group Honors High School Students Joining Military
During this season of graduation celebrations, high school seniors heading off to college normally are held in high regard by their teachers, families and friends. Sometimes overlooked are those seniors choosing to bypass college to serve their country. Read full article