Enlistees honored at the 2019 Our Community Salutes Ceremony
Our Community Salutes - Delaware (OCSDE) is the Delaware branch of Our Community Salutes (OCS), a national non-profit organization that was founded in 2009 by Dr. Kenneth Hartman, educator and former U.S. Army officer.
The stated purpose of OCS is to recognize graduating high school seniors who will enlist in the armed services after graduation at an annual Enlistee Recognition Ceremony.
OCS recognition ceremonies have been held by communities in banquet halls, auditoriums and sports arenas from California to New York and Puerto Rico, in front of hundreds of thousands of people, as a testimony and appreciation of these young men and women entering military service.
At each ceremony, one high school counselor is also presented with the “General Colin Powell Award,” commending that individual’s efforts to mentor students who wish to begin their careers in the service of our nation.
The first Delaware Enlistee Recognition Ceremony was held in 2012 by a group representing the military, educators, non-profit agencies and local community members. The Delaware Chapter of the Association of the US Army coordinated much of the military support and Wilmington University (WU) provided the venue, invitations and program arrangements.
Twenty-two senior enlistees from New Castle County and their parents attended a ceremony at the WU New Castle location on the evening of May 2, 2012.
Speakers included Brigadier General Carol Timmons of the Air National Guard and Attorney General Joseph ‘Beau’ Biden.
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