Purple Up! for Military Kids

April is the Month of the Military Child in the United States. Fun Academy Motion Pictures and the Sgt. Stubby team salute the resilience and dedication of the kids who keep our heroes strong!

There are close to 2 million military children in the U.S., most of them school age. While our servicemen and women are routinely (and rightly!) acknowledged for their service – and military spouses are often also given special recognition – many forget the struggles that the children of military personnel face.

From dealing with a parent deploying to moving to new schools every few years, military kids grow up with a unique set of challenges that their civilian peers never face.

Image Source: U.S. Department of Defense

Beginning in 1986, April has been designated as the Month of the Military Child, a time to recognize and honor children from military families for the sacrifices they make living the military lifestyle. Around the country this month-long celebration includes classroom activities and events – both on military installations and in civilian communities – designed to acknowledge military youth and help explain some of the differences in day-to-day life that their civilian classmates might not fully understand.


The symbol of the military child is a dandelion; military youth are often referred to as “dandelion kids.” (Image Source: Military Child Education Coalition)

According to the Military Child Education Coalition:

“The official flower of the military child is the dandelion. Why? The plant puts down roots almost anywhere, and it’s almost impossible to destroy. It’s an unpretentious plant, yet good looking. It’s a survivor in a broad range of climates. Military children bloom everywhere the winds carry them. They are hardy and upright. Their roots are strong, cultivated deeply in the culture of the military, planted swiftly and surely. They’re ready to fly in the breezes that take them to new adventures, new lands, and new friends.”


Image Source: U.S. Department of Defense

One nationwide celebration that has gained traction over the last few years is Purple Up! Day, where people across the United States wear purple as a visible show of support for military youth.

The color purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, both active and reserve; it is a combination of Army green, Marine red, and Coast Guard/Navy/Air Force blue. Schools, civic organizations, and military installations host many different events for Purple Up! Day and throughout the entire month of April. While Purple Up! Day is generally celebrated on April 15th, many places are celebrating on Friday, April 21, 2017.

Check out these great free resources for some ideas on how to celebrate the Military Child in your life:

Military Kids Connect | The Prickly Pilot’s Wife | U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity

Or you can always visit our friends at the Connecticut State Library and the National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center!


Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero is an upcoming computer-animated feature film based on the incredible true story of America’s most decorated dog. After being rescued off the streets by a young Soldier on the eve of World War I, Stubby is given a home, a family, and the chance to embark on the adventure that would define a century. For his valor and courage, Stubby is recognized as the first dog promoted to the rank of Sergeant in U.S. Army history.

Starring Logan LermanHelena Bonham CarterGérard Depardieu
Music by Patrick Doyle
Animation by Mikros Image

The film is slated to theatrically debut on April 13, 2018. For exclusive production updates, follow Stubby’s big screen adventures on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest!


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