Get Your Purple On to Recognize Military Children

By Jim Garamone
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2016  Time to get your purple on, America.

April 15 is Purple Up! day, a time for Americans to show their support for military families. Department of Defense Education Activity schools will celebrate the event on April 20 because of spring recess. 

Its to build awareness for the needs of military families, said Barbara A. Thompson, the director of the office of family readiness policy.


This is not a Defense Department program, but a grassrootseffort that began in 2011 as a way to honor the sacrifices military children make every day for the nation. According to the 4-H Military Partnerships [ ] website, 4-H clubs in New Hampshire developed the Purple Up! for Military Kids initiative while working with the children of deployed National Guardsmen and reserve component members, and they saw Purple Up! as a way to build awareness in their communities.

Its grown like wildfire across the United States and now DoD has embraced it, too, Thompson said.

The 4-H went with purple because it is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military. It is a combination of Army green, Marine red, and Coast Guard, Air Force and Navy blue, according to the 4-H. The goal of Purple Up! is for military youth to actually see the support in their school, youth groups and the community.