Written by Sheila Snyder, former SDSU Extension Operation: Military Kids State Coordinator.
Month of the Military Child
Once again, Operation: Military Kids (OMK) is reaching out to communities throughout South Dakota to help raise awareness of our military families and kids, during April, which has been designated as Month of the Military Child. This month-long celebration of our brave military kids, began way back in the early 1980’s as a way to thank, honor, and recognize their contributions to our country as a member of a military family. This special month began in the early 1980s, by then Secretary of State Casper Weinberger, and is still going strong today.
Show Your Support, Wear Purple!
OMK is encouraging all residents of South Dakota to wear something purple on April 15th, in observance of Purple Up! for Military Kids Day! Why purple you ask? Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military. Purple is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue. OMK’s goal is to have a sea of purple all across our state on April 15th, as a tangible salute to these remarkable kids.
Governor Daugaard will be asked to sign the Executive Proclamation again this year, making April the Month of the Military Child in South Dakota in 2015. In addition, OMK will be sending a letter of request to all Mayors’ Offices across the state to declare a city-wide proclamation pronouncing April 15th, 2015 “PURPLE UP! For Military Kids Day”, to demonstrate support for the many military kids in our own communities who have courageously shouldered additional responsibilities and have faced many challenges and struggles while their parent has been deployed.
South Dakota has a tremendous presence of Air Force, Air Guard, Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, and even active component Service Members from each of the Armed Forces Components. With Service Members also come their families – spouse and children, moms and dads, brothers and sisters – that make up our community. In fact, there are approximately 7500 military kids in our state.
So please, be part of this celebration, and wear the Purple! After all, it is a great color on you!