April is the Month of the Military Child — Purple Up!

April 5, 2017

The month of April has been designated by Gov. Terry McAuliffe through proclamation as the Month of the Military Child — a special time to pay tribute to military children for their commitment, patience, courage, and unconditional support of their parents.

Across Virginia, Friday, April 21 will be the day to “Purple Up! for Military Kids Day”  Wearing purple on April 21 will show support for our military students and appreciation for their strength and sacrifices.  Purple is the color that symbolizes a combination of all branches of the military — Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red, and Navy blue.

Click here for a Purple Up! poster.


Governor’s 2017 Resolution:

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia is proud to be home to more than 73,000 whose parents serve in the military, stationed in Virginia; and

WHEREAS, April is Month of the Military Child, a special month to recognize and pay tribute to military families and their children for the daily sacrifices made, and for their commitment, courage, and unconditional support of our Armed Forces; and

WHEREAS, Virginia has one of the highest numbers of military school-age children in the nation and is committed to being an active participant in the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children which facilitates military children transitioning in school systems across state lines; and

WHEREAS, the children of our service members continue to make significant contributions to schools, communities, the nation, and our Commonwealth, despite prolonged and repeated absences of one or both parents; and

WHEREAS, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), Virginia’s public schools remain committed to the care and education of the children of men and women of our armed forces.

WHEREAS, by partnering with school liaison officers, military leaders, educators, and community organizations, VDOE provides resources about the unique support needed for military service members and their families during all stages of transition and deployment; and

WHEREAS, Month of the Military Child reaffirms our commitment to ensuring excellence in schools, childcare, and youth services to military children who face unique challenges that other children their age never experience;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April 2017 as MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.


April was designated as “The Month of the Military Child” by former Secretary of Defense, Caspar W. Weinberger in 1986 to recognize the contributions of children whose parents serve in the military and celebrate their spirit.

Often military children are looked up to for their resilience and ability to deal with life-changing events, but frequent moves, family separations through deployments and reintegration issues following deployments make life especially challenging for many military children.

Here are some possible “Month of the Military Child” activities:

  • Create a “Wall of Honor” which features photos and short stories about service members connected to the school.
  • Invite a veterans group to demonstrate flag etiquette and flag folding.
  • Establish a Patriotic Day and encourage educators and students to wear patriotic colors.
  • Invite service members to speak with classes about what it’s like to be in the military.
  • On April 21, participate in Purple Up! by wearing purple in recognition of military kids, families and friends. For more information about the month of the military child, see the Purple Up! flier (PDF).
  • Present military youth with a Certificate of Recognition. Service members are often recognized with certificates and medals for their outstanding service, and children will be able to hang their own certificate on the wall along with those of their parents.