Our Community Salutes

Our Community Salutes of Northeast Ohio was formed in 2010 as a Federally Registered non-profit organization created to recognize and honor graduating high school seniors (and their parents) from Northeast Ohio who are enlisting in the Armed Services after graduation.

The 7th annual Recognition Ceremony will be held on May 10, 2017 at the Cleveland State University.
2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio

Enlisting seniors from the Class of 2017 along with their parents/guardians, counselors, mayors, city leaders and citizens, are invited to honor these outstanding men and women from within our communities.

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Our Community Salutes Purpose

The Our Community Salutes Recognition Ceremony allows grateful citizens to publicly recognize, honor and thank the estimated 480 courageous and patriotic young men and women from over 130 high schools and 95 cities, including every public, private, charter, online and home high school who will enlist to serve our Nation in the uniform of each of our Armed Services and the Ohio Guard following graduation this year. Parents/guardians, High School Counselors, Mayors, elected officials, Veterans, Recruiters and Sponsors are also invited to share in this memorable event.

May 10th, 2017
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Enlisting Seniors Click to RSVP

Check-In/ Welcome Reception: Student Center, 1st Floor Atrium & 3rd Floor Ballroom from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
All guests are requested to check in upon arrival.  Tables are set up by Service as well as a combined table for Mayors, Counselors, Sponsors and Special Guests.  Guests will receive their name tags and a validated parking ticket at the check-in table and are invited to join us in the 3rd floor ballroom for a catered welcome reception prior to the ceremony.

Recognition Ceremony: Waetjen Auditorium from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Join us for a guest speaker and special presentation recognizing enlisting seniors.

Post Event Photo Opportunities: Waetjen Auditorium Entrance from 8:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

There is no cost to our new Service Members, families, educators or guests to attend this event.  Parking will be validated in the CSU South Garage only. Click here for parking information.
Guests using Handicap parking are asked to go to the Parking Ticket Validation table in the Atrium for reimbursement or see an OCS Staff Member for assistance.

Open Public Seating.
Limited seating in the Waetjen Auditorium for the Recognition Ceremony will be offered to the general public on a first come basis from 6:00 to 6:15 p.m.  Please utilize the public seating areas that are clearly marked within the auditorium.  The  Community Support Program and Welcome Reception are not open to the public at this time.


The young men and women you recruit deserve to be recognized and thanked for their willingness to volunteer to serve our Nation in Arms.

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Contact Us

If you have questions or would like to be a part of future Our Community Salutes events, please feel free to contact Lindsay Busch, 330-283-4897, lindsay_busch@sbcglobal.net or Debra Sherman, 330-256-8704, debra@debrasherman.com

Our Community Salutes Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors for making Our Community Salutes of Northeast Ohio a huge success.

Special Recognition

Service Recruiters
We would like to give thanks to the U.S. Armed Forces Recruiters who do such excellent work each and every day of the year.

Ohio Army National Guard Band
A special thank you to the 122nd Army Band of the Ohio Army National Guard whose excellence adds to the patriotic, joyful and festive nature and lasting memory of the special evening.

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Online Donations
If you’d like to make a donation, use this secure, online donation form to make your tax deductible contribution.

Donations By Mail
If you prefer to make your donation by mail, please make your check payable to NEOPAT/OCS and send it to:

The Northeast Ohio Foundation for Patriotism (NEOPAT)
c/o Our Community Salutes (OCS)
9321 Oxford Trail
Cleveland, Ohio 44141-2586

Please be sure to include your return address and email so we can send you a tax receipt for your donation. The Northeast Ohio Foundation for Patriotism is a 501(c)(3) organization as determined by the Internal Revenue Service. Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.