Our Community Salutes

The 8th annual Recognition Ceremony

will be held May 9, 2018

at EJ Thomas Hall in Akron.

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Our Community Salutes 2018 Event

The Our Community Salutes Recognition Ceremony allows grateful citizens to publicly recognize, honor and thank the over 500 courageous and patriotic young men and women from Northeast Ohio, including from 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 9th, 2018

EJ Thomas Hall

198 Hill St

Akron, Ohio 44304

5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Enlisting Seniors Click to RSVP


Check-In/ Welcome Reception 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.  Enlistees will receive their name tags and a personalized packet at the check-in table. All invited guests are welcome to join us in the Goodrich lobby for a catered welcome reception prior to the ceremony. Service Support Program members will be present to provide enlisting seniors and parents information.


Recognition Ceremony 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Join us for a guest speaker and special presentation recognizing enlisting seniors.


There is no cost to our new Service Members, families, educators or guests to attend this event.

Parking spaces are available in the Thomas Hall parking deck and Lot #26 – North Campus deck and surface lot #27.

Handicap parking is available in the Thomas Hall parking deck .

Click on the links above to see parking maps.


Open Public Seating.

Limited seating in the EJ Thomas Hall 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.

Click Here for Recruiter Guide


Click here for save the date flyer

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.

Donate Now

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.