Our Community Salutes DFW to recognize high schoolers enlisting in the military
The nonprofit supports new enlistees and their parents
A new local organization Our Community Salutes DFW
Local high school students making the decision to pursue careers in the U.S. Armed Forces might not experience much fanfare at the time they enlist. But, the members of a local military-focused non-profit are committed, not just to recognizing their choices, but also to providing vital support to new enlistees and their families. Our Community Supports (OCS) DFW will honor future soldiers with one of two in-person ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at Gilley's Dallas, 1135 S. Botham Jean Blvd. (formerly S. Lamar). There also will be a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 3, in Fort Worth (Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center, 5201 C.A. Roberson Blvd.).
The ceremonies, which will honor as many as 200 students across DFW, will also be streamed virtually. The OCS ceremonies will be a first for the organization and the community, coming in a year when military recruiting grew more challenging due to COVID-19, said Retired Army Col. Richard Kaniss, Chairman of the OCS-DFW Board of Directors. Kaniss said, unlike students headed into military academies, winning military scholarships or those involved in programs like ROTC, there are no other local recognition ceremonies for new enlistees in the U.S. Armed Forces.
During local ceremonies, OCS DFW will thank new enlistees by presenting them a certificate and a challenge coin. Challenge coins, given to service members, often feature an emblem or insignia, indicating they are members of a unit or served on a specific tour of duty. A part of military culture for many years challenge coins are designed to boost morale, identify allegiance and extend appreciation to service members.
The ceremonies will also feature community leaders, government officials, educators, businessmen and veterans who believe in the organization’s mission.
For more information on sponsorship or to register for live ceremonies in DFW, visit ocsdfwtx.org.
Date & Time
May 6, 2021
Gilley's Dallas 1135 Botham Jean Dallas 75215 TX US https://www.mansfieldmagazine.com/businesses/tx-dallas-gilleys-dallas