PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. -- Monterey military community children are busy celebrating the Month of the Military Child.

During the past two weeks, children at the Monterey Road Child Development Center and Porter Youth have had their days packed with a bit more fun participating in events including a parade, a fiesta, a roller derby, an inside-out day, a crazy hat-sunglasses day and a stuffed animal-pajama day.

The events are part of a month-long list of events the community is sponsoring.
Garrisons worldwide are developing events and celebrations designed to recognize the sacrifices military children make and the support they provide to their Soldier-parent -- in some cases Soldier-parents -- and families.

The celebrations vary on each installation based on resources, deployment status of installation units, and other factors.

Locally, the Monterey Road Child Development Center and the Porter Youth Center have events ranging from field trips to potlucks and from military-dress day to a petting zoo visit.

Additionally, the Presidio is holding its Celebrating Military Children event at the Stilwell Community Center 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 13.

The free event focuses on educating parents and children about child-abuse prevention, safety, health and other local resources available in the community.

The Month of the Military Child creates awareness of the service--and sacrifices--of the nation's military's children. It is an opportunity to thank children for their support to our nation's war fighters, and recognize the important role they play in the strength of our nation by contributing to the strength of the Army family.