Installation Management Command Public Affairs
WASHINGTON — A small, grass-roots program developed by the Operation: Military Kids, or OMK, program in New Hampshire invites you to do your part by simply wearing something purple.
April 13 is the second annual “Purple Up! For Military Kids” Day, when New Hampshire OMK participants are asking everyone to wear something purple as a visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices.
Initially, a statewide initiative, the idea has gone viral, and now more than 38 of the 48 state-level OMK programs are helping to spread the word. Hawaii OMK is supporting the initiative and asks everyone in Hawaii to wear purple, April 13, as a visible way to salute and thank military children for the important role they play in the community.
Purple symbolizes all branches of the military. It’s a combination of Army green, Coast Guard, Navy and Air Force blue and Marine red. The word “purple” is often used as slang in the military to indicate a joint-service operation.
It may not be as recognizable as a red or yellow ribbon, yet, but with the military community’s support it could be.
How amazing would it be for the son or daughter of a deployed Soldier to wade through a sea of purple on the way to class? How uplifting would it be for service members or their spouses to know at a glance that everyone on post, or in the community, is thinking about their children? In keeping with April’s “Month of the Military Child” — a time to recognize military children and youth for their heroism, character, courage, sacrifices and continued resilience — Purple Up! is another way to say thank you to our resilient military children.
OMK’s Purple Up!
OMK is the Army’s collaborative effort with America’s communities to support children and youth of National Guard, Reserve and active duty families impacted by overseas contingencies. Hawaii OMK is part of the 4-H Youth Development program of the University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension.
•Learn more about OMK’s Purple Up! For Military Kids movement by calling 956-4125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
•For general inquires about OMK, visit www.operationmilitarykids.org.