Month of the Military Child
Each year, our nation designates April as the Month of the Military Child to recognize and thank children from military families for the sacrifices they make living the military lifestyle. The recognition is part of the legacy of former Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger who established the commemoration in 1986. During the month, one day is selected as the day to “Purple Up! For Military Kids” and all are encouraged to wear purple in recognition of the strength and sacrifices of military connected youth (MCY). Why purple? Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red, and Navy blue. This year, Purple Up! day will be celebrated on April 10.
Military connected youth face unique circumstances living the military lifestyle. By understanding the lifestyle of military connected youth we can better meet their needs as they transition with their family members who serve our nation. Currently over 11,000 military connected youth call FCPS home.
Celebrating the Month of the Military Child provides a powerful opportunity to raise awareness and build support to help these children meet the unique challenges they face! It is an opportunity to recognize and thank military children and youth for their heroism, character, courage, sacrifices and continued resilience.
- Purple Up! Day Celebrated at Mosby Woods ES with a Coast Guard helicopter landing
- On March 25, 2019, Medal of Honor recipients Lt. Michael Thornton, U.S. Navy, Retired, and Lt. Col. Harold Fritz, U.S. Army, Retired, visited Hayfield Secondary School in recognition of Medal of Honor Day. View the video
- Students from the Purple Team at South County Middle are participating in the second annual Honor Flight field trip on Tuesday, April 2, to honor, acknowledge, and show respect for the sacrifice U.S. veterans made while serving their country. Learn more.
- View a video on how the Month of the Military Child is celebrated at Orange Hunt Elementary School
- View videos about our Military Connected Youth