Frequent moves, making new friends, and missing a parent during deployment are just a few of the challenges that face military kids on a regular basis. It’s during these moments that the strength and resilience of our military children is most evident.

Every April the Marine Corps celebrates the Month of the Military Child to recognize the important role military children play in the armed forces community. Established in 1986, the Month of the Military Child recognizes the year-round contributions, courage and patriotism of the military community’s youngest members. It is a time to applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome. To celebrate, many installations host festivities and events throughout the month of April for children and families.

One example of these festivities is a Purple Up! Day. On Purple Up! Day installations encourage all staff, families and the local community to wear purple as a visual tribute to military children.  Purple was chosen because it is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military. It is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red, and Navy blue. The goal of Purple Up! is for military youth to actually SEE the support for them in their school, youth groups, and the community.

To find a Purple Up! Day or other Month of the Military Child events in your area contact your School Liaison. And don’t forget to Purple Up!