SAN ANTONIO, Texas —
More than 180 future service members, joined by their families, educators, business leaders, and the military gathered in the Rosenberg Sky Room at the University of the Incarnate Word to participate in the 8th Annual “A Night in Your Honor” hosted by Our Community Salutes-San Antonio May 15.
OCS was created in 2009 by Dr. Kenneth E. Hartman to recognize and honor local graduating high school seniors who plan to enlist in the military after high school graduation. OCS also provides future service members and their families with access to educational resources and connects them with military support groups.
The keynote speaker was retired Army Lt. Gen. Guy Swan III, former commanding general of U.S. Army North, who began his speech by asking all Vietnam veterans and all active/reserve duty and former service members to stand to be recognized.
“Vietnam veterans never received this type of sendoff when they enlisted or were drafted,” said Swan, who currently serves as a vice president of the Association of the United States Army. “Those days are long gone and now we understand the importance of our military.”
Swan stated it was wonderful to see everyone in attendance, especially the honored guests who have chosen to serve by raising their right hand to swear to defend the Constitution, the nation, and the American way of life.
“We, collectively tonight, want to be the first ones to say thank you for taking this important step in your lives,” said Swan. “We are here tonight to thank you for your wiliness to be part of the greatest fighting force in the history of the world, the U.S. Armed Forces.”
Representatives from each military service presented certificates to more than 180 honorees and each future service member was presented with their first challenge coin.
Jim Lanier, father of twin sons who will be serving in the Navy in the nuclear propulsion field, attended the event along with his wife, Nicole.
“This event was amazing,” Lanier said. “The support from the community was tremendous. My sons are very proud to have been here.”