Operation: Military Kids will host special day to honor military children

BROOKINGS – April marks the nation’s “Month of the Military Child,” a time to honor military youth in our communities.

In tribute, the State 4-H Foundation, in concert with the South Dakota’s Operation: Military Kids (OMK) Program, is inviting everyone to join in on April 12 and be part of the Purple Up! For Military Kids Day taking place across the state. Everyone is encouraged to wear purple on that date, as a tangible way to show support and thanks to all military children for their strength and sacrifices.

OMK has Purple Up t-shirts available to purchase for $10. Information regarding ordering t-shirts can be obtained by calling the OMK Office located at SDSU West River Ag Center, 605.394.2236. All proceeds go towards funding of military kids events.

“Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, a combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue,” said Sheila Troxel Snyder, OMK State Coordinator. “OMK hopes everyone will take this opportunity to appreciate and celebrate these young heroes and make it possible for military kids to visually witness the support of their community.”

Operation: Military Kids (OMK) is an ongoing, dynamic program to support and promote the children of military service professionals, before, during and after deployment. OMK is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Army, South Dakota 4-H, American Legion, and Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Its purpose is to provide local community support for the children of service women and men from South Dakota. The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service administers the program and its offices are located at South Dakota State University’s West River Agricultural Center in Rapid.

For more information or to order t-shirts, please contact Troxel Snyder at the SDSU West River AG Center at 605-394-2236.

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