Month of the Military Child

Month of the Military Child

Gigi Torres

As we are in the month of April this month we are here to recognize the military children. During this month we are here to recognize these kids they are strong, brave, proud, and global. We celebrate them because they are not selfish and they sacrifice a lot being apart of a military family.

People wonder why do we celebrate the military kids in the month of April and what do we do. The reason we celebrate these strong kids during this month is because the former Defense Secretary, Caspar Weinberger. He felt like the Military kids deserve the recognition their family member that is in the Military because they sacrifice a lot just like their family member that is in the military. The year they made this month for military kids was in 1986. During this month, The Defense Department will highlight programs, resources, and services available to support the overall well being of military children, youth, and teens.

The color we wear during this month is purple. We wear purple to celebrate the military kids. The color purple references the joint environment of the military, all service branches, Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, Retired, and Veterans. Purple combines all the branch’s colors into one. For example, the Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard all use shades of blue, the Army uses green, and the Marines use red. All those colors mix up to the color purple.

The flower that represents these children is dandelions. The dandelions are able to grown and bloom just about anywhere their roots are planted. Not only that they also symbolize happiness, joy, perseverance, endurance, and hope. That is why they are perfect symbol/flower to represent a military child.

The military child month shows how much people respects these kids. Remember all you military kids out there you are strong and brave. We recognize and respect you every day and always will!