In 1986, former Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger designated April as the Month of the Military Child. Designed to recognize and highlight the sacrifices and unique challenges experienced by military families worldwide, this special month holds a unique and special significance in San Antonio, Military City U.S.A.
Texas has the second largest number of military school-aged children in the nation. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation declaring the State of Texas recognize April as the Month of the Military Child and Friday, April 12 as “Purple Up! For Military Kids Day.” This day reaffirms the commitment of ensuring excellence in schools, childcare, and youth services for our military children who remain resilient and steadfast through deployments and separations, many moves and multiple transitions. Purple signifies “joint” in the military world, meaning “all services” and represents the blending of the colors of the five branches of the Armed Forces. San Antonio is proud to be home to all of these branches: Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Marines.
We are encouraging our downtown Chamber members to light up their buildings purple in honor of the Month of the Military Child on April 12 and to show support for military students and appreciation for their strength and sacrifices by wearing purple throughout the month. The goal of Purple Up! is for military youth to actually see the support in their communities and in their schools. The City of San Antonio, Bexar County, along with USAA, Texas A&M San Antonio, and many other friends of the military in our region will be showing their support through proclamations, special events, and lighting up their locations purple.
Thank you to all who serve our nation in uniform and to all of their families as well!
For any questions related to supporting our Military Youth, please contact: Lori Phipps, United States Air Force, School Liaison Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or Julie Coffey, Military Child Education Coalition at email@example.com.