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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — Military service is a family commitment. While those in uniform defend our freedoms at home and abroad, their families serve and sacrifice as they support their Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, and Airmen. Throughout the month of April, the Department of Defense honors our youngest team members with the Month of the Military Child.

The theme for 2021 is “Military Children and Youth: A Resilient Force in a Changing World.” The past 12 months, our kids have persevered through the challenges of a global pandemic by learning virtually, adjusting to COVID-19 protocols, adapting social situations, and sharing in the stress of their service members. Our children rose to these challenges and used them as opportunities to develop into even more resilient youth and young adults.

We encourage you to be engaged parents and family members at home, in the school systems, and in our communities.

Follow this link for more information on this month’s events including a post-wide scavenger hunt and a drive through celebration.

Youth sports are also resuming this month. Follow this link for registration details.

Lastly, in support of the state of Missouri, please show your support for all military children and their service by wearing purple on April 15, known as “Purple Up” Day.

By supporting our military families – and especially our children – our Army becomes stronger as a whole.

We are very proud to serve with you!