PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Many people associate April 15 as being the deadline to file taxes, but it is also a special day to honor military kids. Governor Dennis Daugaard proclaimed this month as the Month of the Military Child in South Dakota. Also, April 15, tomorrow, is known as “Purple Up! for Military Kids Day”. It’s a way to show appreciation for military kids and people are encouraged to wear the color purple tomorrow. A local Pierre area group has been working to organize events as part of Month of the Military Child and one group member, Marne Dooley says citizens that wear purple tomorrow can do so to honor kids whose parents serve in the many different branches of the military.
Fellow group member, Pastor Don Block says this is the first year that local residents have gathered to set up events as part of the Operation Military Kids program-which is a great thing to do.
Block says it’s not only the adults that sacrifice with military service; their children do as well.
The calendar of local events for Month of the Military Child includes free swims at the YMCA on April 15, 26 & 27. Parents should RSVP to Marne.Dooley@state.sd.us a few days in advance. The group has also arranged to have one of its members reading to kids at Prairie Pages on some Saturdays of this month. The next reading day will be April 26.
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