“Purple Up for Military Kids” Day Noted Today-April is Month of the Military Child

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UNDATED – (DRG News) Today has been named nationally as “Purple Up for Military Kids Day” and organizers are encouraging people to wear purple as a sign of appreciation for the nation’s military children. In South Dakota, Governor Dennis Daugaard proclaimed April as “Month of the Military Child” to honor military youth who have been impacted by deployment. As part of both designations, South Dakota’s Operation: Military Kids (OMK) program has invited people to wear or display the color purple today as a visible way to support and thank military kids for their strength and sacrifices. Sheila Snyder, state OMK coordinator, says 2012 is the first time that “Purple Up for Military Kids” Day has been noted in South Dakota.

Snyder says purple is a color that symbolizes all branches of the military-and is a combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue.

In the governor’s proclamation of April as Month of the Military Child, he urged all citizens, business and government leaders to observe the month with activities that honor, support and thank military children. OMK is an effort between the U.S. Army, South Dakota 4-H, American Legion and Boys and Girls Clubs of America. The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service administers the program. For more information on Operation Military Kids, visit http://www.operationmilitarykids.org/public/getInvolvedBy.aspx?state=South%20Dakota

Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill proudly wearing purple in honor of military kids for today's Purple Up for Kids Day.

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