The main thing that sets military children apart from the rest of the population today is that their parents are deployed or "could be deployed at any time," she said.

The theme for this year's observance is "Early Years are Learning Years."

"The Month of the Military Child also demonstrates our commitment to youth," Carnes said. "I believe we should recognize our youth because they're a very special part of our programs for what they do and what they represent - our country.

"One of our most important resources is our children. Being that the Month of the Military Child is also celebrated around the world, we should recognize that our children are our most important resource because they're our future."

Nilda Daily and her husband, Air Force Master Sgt. Rodney Daily, have a 2-year-old son, Darius.

"(Military children) are more open to other cultures," Nilda Daily said. "They're well-rounded because they travel; they experience things the majority of the civilian people don't see like going overseas and other states and being with different cultures. Compared to other kids, they're well-rounded because they're exposed to different cultures."

Activities - which began with a kickoff parade April 1, weather permitting, at the Child Development Center - include the following:

Aca,!Ac Olympic Day is April 18 at 10 a.m. at the ball field at Goss and Hughes roads. The children will have a torch relay. Events include a tunnel crawl, Frisbee throw, football throw, balance beam, basketball toss, and soccer kick.

Aca,!Ac Western Day, on April 25 at 11:45 a.m. at the Child Development Center, is for parents, children and staff of the center. It gives a chance for parents to eat with their children.

Aca,!Ac Block Party has been moved to May this year because of past experience with weather. It's May 3 from 1-4 p.m. at the Youth Center grounds. The outdoor fun includes food, music and games.

For more information on the Month of the Military Child events, call Carnes at 876-7952.