April marks the Month of the Military Child, established in 1986 by former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. Across the Marine Corps alone, there are nearly 100,000 children of service members, making up about a quarter (26 percent) of the total Marine and Marine Family community. Military children learn to adapt and become resilient, withstanding long separations from family members and parents, as part of their lifestyle. The Marine Corps recognizes them for the daily sacrifices and challenges they overcome as an important part of this community.
Worldwide, Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) communities will celebrate Purple Up! Day on the following dates: DoDEA Americas, April 10; DoDEA Europe, April 17; and DoDEA Pacific, April 17. To show support for the significant contributions of military children, both military and civilian schools and communities are encouraged to wear purple on Purple Up! Day.
Marine Corps installations, schools, and Child & Youth Programs may recognize military children in other ways, in addition to Purple Up! Day. Check your installation’s webpage and local communities to find activities scheduled in your area.
Thank you for supporting our children!
With thousands of Marine Corps children transitioning all over the globe at different times of the year, many states have been working to develop systems of support to ease transitions for military youth through policy action at the state level.
The deadline to nominate a military child for Operation Homefront’s 2019 Military Child of the Year® (MCOY) Awards is Wednesday, December 5th. Military Child of the Year® is the nation’s premier celebration of the achievements of military children. The MCOY awards will be presented at a recognition gala on April 18, 2019, in Washington, DC.