"PURPLE UP" FOR CHILDREN OF MILITARY FAMILIES

Mayor Mack signs proclamation as Glenda Wheelis from American Legion auxiliary Unit 1997 looks on. Also pictured are city employees and veterans Jennifer Lindsey and Larry Adams.
The City of Laurel, along with the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1997, is encouraging citizens to express appreciation for the children of military families everyday and especially in demonstrating our support of them by wearing purple on Friday, April 19th, 2013.  Month of the Military Child began in 1986 with the designation by Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger and has been recognized by every Defense Secretary since. The designation of the month of April is a way to call attention to the special challenges faced by children who have one or more parents serving in active duty. This year marks the first observance of the “Purple UP!” campaign in the City of Laurel. Purple is the color symbolizing all branches of the military.

Mayor Melvin Mack signed a proclamation to that effect in his office this week and presented it to Ms. Glenda Wheelis, President of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1997. There are more than 1.7 million children under the age of eighteen have at least one parent serving in the military and over 900,000 children with a parent serving in the Army National Guard. Approximately forty percent of which have had a soldier-parent deployed overseas one or more times which causes children of military families to have to endure the absence of one or more parent not only in the defense of our nation but also in response to State emergencies.