Month of the Military Child 2020: Purple Up! Day

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Month of the Military Child 2020


April is designated as Month of the Military Child; a time to honor the sacrifices made by military families worldwide, with an emphasis on the experience of the dependent children of military members serving at home and overseas. Month of the Military Child is sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy and supported by many other organizations such as the DoDEA.

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.


Ways to Celebrate Purple Up! Day


  • Wear Purple on Purple Up! Day

  • Ask local, regional, state, and federal officials to wear purple on Purple Up! day

  • Suggest companies and businesses ask their employees to wear purple

  • Ask schools, teachers to recognize Purple Up! Day

  • Recognize military children

  • Involve schools, sports teams, youth organizations, clubs, after school programs, fraternal organizations, social clubs, coworkers, members of your organizations

  • Request local businesses, stores and restaurants post a Purple Up! message


Purple Up! For Military Kids Day


“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.

Many Exchanges will often celebrate Purple Up! Day by offering free treats to any child who wears purple to participating Exchange restaurants worldwide.


Virtual Purple Up! Day Ideas for 2020


  • Encourage your social community to participate in Purple Up! Day

  • Wear purple during online classrooms via Zoom, Skype and Hangouts

  • Invite military parents to attend one of their children’s online classrooms

  • Make a Tik Tok video dedicated to Purple Up! day or honor military children

  • Share your activities and photos on social media #purpleup

  • Tell your kid their awesome with this certificate and share on social media

  • Purple Up! on Houseparty with your friends

  • Teachers can honor or recognize military children during their online classrooms

  • Hold an online contest by asking children of military families to share their “Hero Story” of what they think it takes to be a hero word essay, a drawing or a video

  • Create Bulletin Board “What does HONOR mean to you…” and share on social media

  • Web Site/Newsletter Feature – Schools can promote the Month of the Military Child with resource links


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