In honor of the commitment and sacrifices that dependent children of military personnel make in support of their parents, the US Army Reserve recognizes these contributions each April with the Month of the Military Child.
Wednesday April 15, 2020 is Purple Up! Day for HQ, Europe & Pacific and the Americas. Select military installations or communities may decide to designate different days throughout the month.
Purple Up! For Military Kids is a day for DoDEA Communities to wear purple to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices. Wearing purple is a visible way to show support and thank military youth for their strength and sacrifices. Purple indicates that all branches of the military are supported. Air Force blue, Army green, Navy blue, Marine red, and Coast Guard blue all are thought to combine together as a single color, purple.
In 1986, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger designated the month of April as an important one for children who had one or both parents serving in uniform. Since that time, there has been an increasing number of awareness campaigns aimed at recognizing the needs of military children in all areas from coping with the deployment of parents to war zones to education of military dependents at on-base Department of Defense Dependent School System (DoDDS) campuses around the globe.
These DOD dependents don’t always fully understand what’s going on when the parents deploy or get re-assigned, but they are always part of the military’s attention when it comes to supporting these families at the same time as accomplishing the mission, according to a DOD statement.