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. Virginia is home to more than 73,000 children whose parents serve in the military.

The 4-H program of Virginia Cooperative Extension, invites everyone across the state of Virginia to join us for the 8th annual Purple Up! for Military Kids celebration by wearing purple on, April 13th.  This is a very visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices.  Purple symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of Army green, Marine red, and Coast Guard, Navy and Air Force blue.

 Help us turn Virginia purple on April 13th!  










PURPLE UP! PHOTOS & MORE

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


Purple Up! photos will be added to the slideshow during April and May.  .




Virginia 4-H Military Clubs

Funded by 4-H Military Partnership Grant



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