Month of the Military Child
Help Us Celebrate with
Hot dogs, peanuts, PURPLE and more!
The 7th Annual
Purple Up for Military Kids!
Friday, April 21, 2017
Children living in military families are resilient and take pride in their service to our Country. April, the Month of the Military Child, provides an opportunity for us to recognize and honor our youngest heroes, military children. In New Hampshire alone, there are nearly 5,200 military children.
For this year's Purple Up! celebration, please join us for the Fisher Cats baseball game at the Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester on Friday, April 21st, at 6:35pm. Let’s fill the Delta Dental Stadium with purple, so military youth in the stands will see our support! Organize co-workers, neighbors, community groups, your spiritual community, book club, Rotary, school children, kids in youth organizations, and youth sports teams to attend the game--and WEAR PURPLE! ALSO, we are pleased to announce Governor Sununu has accepted our inviation to attend the Fisher Cats game in honor of New Hampshire military kids.
In 2011, the University of NH Cooperative Extension 4-H Military Partnership started the initiative “Purple Up! for Military Kids” that quickly gained momentum and is now celebrated nation-wide. Wearing purple is a visible way to show support and thank military youth for their strength and sacrifices. It is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military; the combination of Army green, Marine red, and Coast Guard, Navy, and Air Force Blue. This year we are asking schools, youth organizations, businesses, and others to Purple Up! on April 21st.
About Purple Up!
New Hampshire military youth are resilient and take pride in their service to our country. They deserve our appreciation and support. The month of April provides an opportunity to recognize and honor the service of 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. In New Hampshire alone, there are over 5,200 military children who have at least one parent serving our country. These numbers do not reflect youth who have siblings in the military, the stepchildren of military members, or children living with relatives while a parent is deployed.
In 2011, the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Military Youth and Family Program started the “Purple Up! For Military Kids” initiative, that designates a given day in April to wear the color purple in recognition of the children of military families. Wearing the color purple is a visible way to show support and thank military youth for their strength and sacrifices. Since its inception, the “Purple Up! For Military Kids” initiative quickly gained momentum and is now celebrated nation-wide, and beyond.
Why purple? Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is a combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red, and Navy blue. Staff for UNH Cooperative Extension Youth and Family Military programs have always worn purple shirts as part of their special event and camp attire. New Hampshire creatively transitioned and expanded this idea as a way to celebrate youth in military families during the Month of the Military Child. Asking community members and groups to wear purple as a symbol of support for youth in military families was a natural next step.
With this opportunity to celebrate our young heroes, the goal has been for military youth to see the support of their community.