HONOLULU, HAWAII – April marks the nation’s “Month of the Military Child,” a time to recognize military children and youth for their heroism, character, courage, sacrifices and continued resilience.  In celebration, Hawaii Operation:  Military Kids (OMK) is encouraging everyone across the state of Hawaii to wear purple on Friday, April 13th as a visible way to salute and thank military children for the important role they play in the community.

Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, a combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue.  Every OMK State team across the nation is working to engage community organizations, local businesses, state officials, schools, sports teams and media outlets to join in on this celebration.  Please join us in showing the rest of the nation how Hawaii’s communities support our young heroes.

For more information about how you can support OMK’s Purple Up! For Military Kids movement, please call (808) 956-4125 or email omk@ctahr.hawaii.edu.  For general inquires about Operation: Military Kids, please visit www.operationmilitarykids.org.

Submitted by ‘Operation: Military Kids, the U.S. Army’s collaborative effort with America’s communities to support children and youth of National Guard, Reserve and Active Duty families impacted by the Global War on Terrorism.  Hawaii OMK is part of the 4-H Youth Development program of University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension.

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