Month of the Military Child Toolkit

Presenting a collection of resources to help you celebrate military-connected children during April’s Month of the Military Child.

The Month of the Military Child (MOMC) recognizes that military kids serve our country too, as part of a military family … not just in April, but all year long. These amazing kids face sacrifices for our country and are brave, proud, and strong. Let’s celebrate their service and triumphs!

Here are resources to help you and your community recognize the Month of the Military Child:

Celebration Supplies to Download and Print

Here is a collection of fun downloads for use in your community or school, including a Month of the Military Child Purple Up poster celebrating #PurpleUp Day, a Yard Sign design to print at your local printer, Certificates of Recognition for Military-connected Kids, templates for stickers, a coloring page featuring Dandy Lion, and the 2024 MOMC T-shirt design.

Purple Up Day

Wear purple on a special day to celebrate military kids! Purple has been chosen to represent all service branches, Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, and Veterans. It blends each branch’s colors: the Air Force, Navy, Space Force, and Coast Guard’s blues, the Army’s green, and the Marines’ red. MCEC celebrated 2024 Purple Up Day on April 19th – but it’s always a good day to Purple Up! 

The MCEC Call for the Arts

This annual contest invites military-connected children around the world to express their perspectives through art. Entries are wonderfully varied, including paintings, drawings, music, performance art, poetry, essays, and more. Visit the Call for the Arts page for eligibility and guidelines.

Hashtags to Help Spread the Word

Use #MOMC and #MonthoftheMilitaryChild for discussion every April, and #PurpleUp for promotion and celebration of your area’s Purple Up Day. And all year long, please tag #MCEC when you recognize military-connected kids and their stories!

This “Purple Up” video will inspire you. These students are all at Gunston Middle School in Arlington County, Virginia – yet their military families’ journeys have brought them from all over the world. Their heartfelt stories of experiences, challenges, and triumphs show why our mission matters.

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