April, Month of the Military Child provides an opportunity to recognize and honor our youngest heroes, military children.  Established by former secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger in 1986, the Designation of April as the Month of the military Child acknowledges the significant role military youth play in our communities.These youth face many challenges that are unique to their situation, such as having a parent deployed, frequent moves, new schools, and leaving friends.  Their ability to adapt to these challenges deserves our respect. According to the Virginia Department of Education, Virginia is home to more than 80,000 school age military connected children whose parents serve in the military.

Purple Up! for Military Kids Celebration by wearing purple is a very visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength ans sacrifices.  Purple symbolizes all branched of the military as it is the combination of Army green, Marine red, and Coast Guard, Navy and Air Force blue.  

To Keep Individuals, Children, And Families Safe Due To    COVID-19 Response, Purple Up Activities Have Been Cancelled for April 2020.

The above groups participated in past Purple Up! for Military Kids celebrations.  


Virginia 4-H Military Clubs

Funded by 4-H Military Partnership Grant