PURPLE UP! DAY
During the Month of the Military Child, Purple Up! Day on April 15th recognizes some of the military’s most unsung heroes – their children. The day encourages everyone to wear purple representing all branches of the military and showing unity with each other.
All across the country and around the world, military children play a significant role in their schools, youth organizations, and communities. When we wear purple in their honor, we let them know we support them in all branches of the military – Army, Navy, Marine, Coast Guard, Air Force, and Space Force. Whether they are a part of the military family for a short while or their entire childhood, the military child deserves to know they have the support of their community.
HOW TO OBSERVE #PurpleUpDay
Wear purple to show your support for military youth. Schools and military installations also host events recognizing the sacrifices military children make. Local businesses and organizations also hold celebrations throughout the month of April, especially when the 15th lands on a weekend. Consider some of these events for your school or organization:
- Invite your former and current military employees to share photos of their children.
- Change your social media profile to a purple frame.
- Recognize military children during events.
- Feature a military child on a school, organization, or club website.
- Invite a military parent or child to speak at your school, business, or organization.
PURPLE UP! DAY HISTORY
The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Military Youth and Family Program initiated the Purple Up! for Military Kids in 2011. They selected April 15th during the Month of the Military Child as a way to honor military children from all branches of the military. Purple represented the colors of each branch of the military as one. Since then, other organizations and communities spread the word, giving the celebration momentum.
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