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April is Month of the Military Child - Celebrate with us!

According to a Department of Defense report, there are currently 1.7 million total-force dependent children worldwide. Nearly 2 million military children, have experienced a parent deployed since 9/11. Each year, April is set aside to honor those sacrifices families make, and designated as the Month of the Military Child. This is part of the legacy left by former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, who established the Defense Department commemoration in 1986.

Military children deal with things that most children don’t have to go through. Therefore, it’s imperative that we recognize their important role in the military community with the sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome. Because purple is a color used to represent all military services, the theme "Purple Up" is used over the course of the month.

The Military Child Education Coalition has named the dandelion as the official flower of the military child. The plant puts down roots almost anywhere, and it's almost impossible to destroy. It's a survivor in a broad range of climates. Military children bloom everywhere the winds carry them. They are hardy and upright. Their roots are strong, cultivated deeply in the culture of the military, planted swiftly and surely. They're ready to fly in the breezes that take them to new adventures, new lands, and new friends.

Month of the Military Child 2020 is bringing special challenges to our world due to the spread of COVID-19 currently. Celebrations across military bases have been canceled, and kids are out of school and away from their friends learning virtually now. As with all challenges, this is just one more that will prove the strength and resiliency of our military children. They know that a good friend can be found in every corner of the world, and that education doesn't only come from the classroom. They have learned that to survive means they have to adapt, and when one door closes, a new one will open bringing yet another exciting adventure.

We will get through this time together and military children will always have the support of a nation behind them. While we won’t be able to celebrate these amazing young people, in person or at fun events that were planned around the globe, we will continue to celebrate and salute their courage, continued sacrifice, and unwavering patriotism!

Revised: Mon, 05/11/2020 - 07:23 | Military Kids Connect Staff Writer | Views

April is Month of the Military Child - Celebrate with us!