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!