WHEREAS, Alaskans appreciate the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women who defend our country against all enemies, foreign and domestic; and
WHEREAS, children of military families face unique challenges and we appreciate their strength and sacrifice as they support their enlisted family members; at times enduring long periods of separation; and
WHEREAS, the children of military families are directly impacted by the deployment of one, or sometimes both parents, on full-time duty status in military service, including members of the National Guard and Reserves on active duty orders; and
WHEREAS, we acknowledge the role we play in supporting children of military families to help them be successful in life, educational pursuits, and community involvement while their parent is deployed; and
WHEREAS, Month of the Military Child was established in 1986 to recognize military children for their commitment, sacrifice, strength, and unconditional support of our troops, and to remind us of the opportunity to provide support and encouragement; and
WHEREAS, April 16, 2021, is “Purple Up! For Military Kids” in Alaska and all Alaskans are encouraged to wear purple – the color symbolizing all branches of the military – as a visible icon of support and appreciation for military children.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim April 2021 as:
Month of the Military Child
in Alaska, and ask all Alaskans to show support for the children of military families by recognizing their sacrifices, resilience, and courage, and to thank the parents who serve to protect our freedoms.