Monday is Purple Up! For Military Kids Day

To the editor:

April marks the nation’s Month of the Military Child, and Monday, April 15, has been designated as Purple Up! For Military Kids Day. All we are asking is for you to wear purple on Monday.

Purdue Extension-Dubois County is supporting the Indiana Operation: Military Kids program to raise awareness and show support for children and their families and let them know how much we appreciate the sacrifices they make when their family members are deployed. Through this effort we are encouraging towns, schools, businesses, organizations and individuals all across our county to wear purple as a visible way to support and thank military families. A sea of purple everywhere you look April 15 would provide a wonderful visual for the thousands of military families here at home and across our state.

Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military and combines Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue.

It has got to be hard for military kids. Sometimes these children may feel like they’re alone and no one understands what they are going through. We’re hoping that Purple Up! Day will demonstrate to our military families that we all care and thank them for the sacrifices they are making. We’d like for anyone that participates to send us photos to post on our Purdue Extension Facebook page. Please email photos of your Purple Up! activities to

We’re really excited about this opportunity to show support to our military families. Purdue Extension-Dubois County is proud of the Indiana youth of all military branches who have been affected through troop deployment in service to our country. We salute your sacrifice. Helping kids feel connected, active and supported are the goals of Indiana Operation: Military Kids.

Operation: Military Kids is a partnership of U.S. Army Child, Youth and School Services, 4-H National Headquarters/National Institute of Food and Agriculture/U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service. Operation: Military Kids Indiana is supported by the 4-H/Army Youth Development Project under Kansas State University.

—Jan Dougan
Extension Educator, Health

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