Let's Purple Up for the Month of the Military Child!

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  • By Stacey Holland
  • 56th Fighter Wing

In 1986, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger established “Month of the Military Child”. The month of April is the designated month celebrated across all military branches, which is why “purple” represents each branches’ colors. Each year, the President issues a proclamation recognizing the significance of the Month of the Military Child. In addition, each state recognizes the month, as well as a dedicated date, to “Purple Up” as a part of the celebration; this year, April 19 will be the official date for the state of Arizona.

Celebrations will take place throughout the entire month of April at military bases, schools, organizations, and in the community to recognize the 1.6 million military children who face many challenges and unique experiences because of their parents’ commitment to serve our country. We often forget the challenges faced by military children, who on average transition every two to three years—impacting their stability, support networks, and friends.

In Arizona, we have 46 thousand military affiliated students in 503 schools, at 10 military installations - which include guard and reserve components.

Join us in turning Arizona purple during the month of April to highlight and express appreciation for the sacrifices our children make… Let’s “Purple Up!”