Purple up guys! April is the Month of the Military Child; a way to celebrate and honor the sacrifices made by military families, emphasizing on dependent children of military members serving in the states and overseas.
Month of the Military Child is supported by Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy and other organizations such as DoDEA.
Why the color purple? It’s a time where all branches of the military are supported as one; Air Force (blue), Army (green), Navy (blue), Marine (red), and Coast Guard (blue) combined all together as a single color, purple.
Month of the Military Child is celebrated within military communities and military association by having contests, parades, and special events centered throughout the month of April. It is also celebrated externally through schools and other organizations.
Resources are available for military families and children in every base. Programs on coping with deployment, pcsing, or for information about future events is available for them through Military Family Readiness Centers.
Military children have the hardest job in the military life; they’re constantly moving around more than the average person. It’s hard for some children to adjust to a different place, make new friends, new schools. This is a month where military children are gathered around and celebrated for everything they go through.
How did the Month of the Military Child start?
Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger was responsible for establishing April as the Month Of The Military Child in 1986, and the Department of Defense has honored his initiative ever since.
The month of April is an important one for children who have one or both parents serving in uniform; since 1986 there have been an increasing number of awareness campaigns aimed at recognizing the needs of military children in all areas from coping with the deployment of parents to war zones to education of military dependents at on-base Department of Defense Dependent School System (DoDDS) campuses around the globe.
Since the debut of the original Month of The Military Child, there are a growing number of activities both on military bases and in local military communities. The U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), which operates 166 schools for military children worldwide, instructs its school administrators to “plan special events to honor military children and have administrators and principals incorporate the themes of this month into their everyday duties and responsibilities” according to the DoDEA official site.
For more information about Military Appreciation events, visit your local base.