April is here and blossoms are starting to peek through displaying the many colors of Spring! Month of the Military Child is upon us too.
The service of our military children are so easy to overlook. However, as a former military wife and mom of 2 military children I want to help you appreciate their sacrifices. The following are just a few of the challenges military children face: moving and starting over on an average of every 1-3 years, attending 6-9 different schools from kindergarten through 12th grade, and multiple deployments of a parent. Throughout all of this, military children are resilient and patriotic. They know first-hand what it feels like to be the new kid, so they are usually the first one to welcome a new student to school.
Military kids are such a treasured resource and they sacrifice and serve in their own way. To honor their service, in 1986 Caspar Weinberger declared April as the Month of the Military Child. Schools, organizations and installations will be honoring and celebrating military children all over the world.
There are approximately 4 million military children; wherever you see a military presence there are undoubtedly children that are personally impacted. We would love for you to get involved and help us raise a cheer for military children this month.
A few ways to celebrate “The Month of the Military Child”
- Purple Up Day – April 10, 2019 Wearing purple is a visible way for everyone to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifice.
- Host an Assembly for Month of the Military Child – Schools can host an assembly honoring military children and allow children to express their life as a military child.
- Special Craft– teachers can have student create a special craft such as picture frame, bookmark or collage, etc that ties into Month of the Military Child.
So please say thank you to a “military child” today. Share below in comments how you will be celebrating this occasion in your city and state especially if you live on or near a military installation.