By Information obtained from Militarybenefits.info, Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs
/ Published April 14, 2020
Children from the Child Development Center march in the Month of the Military Child parade April 1, 2019, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. The month of April is set aside every year as a time to honor and recognize the sacrifices made by military families worldwide, with an emphasis on dependent children whom experience military family members serving at home and overseas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Hannah Bean)
Child Development Center caregivers show off their Purple Up shirts April 1, 2019 on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. One upcoming event for Month of the Military Child is “Purple Up!” Day, where everyone wears purple in honor of military children. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Hannah Bean)
April is designated as Month of the Military Child; a time to honor the sacrifices made by military families worldwide, with an emphasis on the experience of the dependent children of military members serving at home and overseas. Month of the Military Child is sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy and supported by many other organizations such as the DoDEA.
Wednesday April 15, 2020 is Purple Up! Day for HQ, Europe & Pacific and the Americas. Select military installations or communities may decide to designate different days throughout the month.
Wear Purple on Purple Up! Day
Ask local, regional, state, and federal officials to wear purple on Purple Up! day
Suggest companies and businesses ask their employees to wear purple
Ask schools, teachers to recognize Purple Up! Day
Recognize military children
Involve schools, sports teams, youth organizations, clubs, after school programs, fraternal organizations, social clubs, coworkers, members of your organizations
Request local businesses, stores and restaurants post a Purple Up! message
“Purple Up! For Military Kids” is a day for DoDEA Communities to wear purple to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices. Wearing purple is a visible way to show support and thank military youth for their strength and sacrifices. Purple indicates that all branches of the military are supported. Air Force blue, Army green, Navy blue, Marine red, and Coast Guard blue all are thought to combine together as a single color, purple.
Many Exchanges will often celebrate Purple Up! Day by offering free treats to any child who wears purple to participating Exchange restaurants worldwide.
Encourage your social community to participate in Purple Up! Day
Wear purple during online classrooms via Zoom, Skype and Hangouts
Invite military parents to attend one of their children’s online classrooms
Make a Tik Tok video dedicated to Purple Up! day or honor military children
Share your activities and photos on social media #purpleup
Tell your kid their awesome with this certificate and share on social media
Purple Up! on Houseparty with your friends
Teachers can honor or recognize military children during their online classrooms
Hold an online contest by asking children of military families to share their “Hero Story” of what they think it takes to be a hero word essay, a drawing or a video
Create Bulletin Board “What does HONOR mean to you…” and share on social media
Web Site/Newsletter Feature – Schools can promote the Month of the Military Child with resource links
Information obtained from: https://militarybenefits.info/month-of-the-military-child/