Fort Bliss, TX (KTSM) — Children waving flags with smiling faces joined the Main Child Development Center staff, parents, and Fort Bliss dignitaries in the CDC courtyard for a proclamation-signing ceremony to delegate April as the Month of the Military Child, April 16.
This year’s theme, “Proud, Ready and Resilient,” highlights school support, transitional services and the funding of programs for military children.
The proclamation, a tool to affirm the importance of military children in the Fort Bliss community, was signed by the following dignitaries: Col. Brant V. Dayley, Fort Bliss Garrison commander, Sgt. Maj. Michael E. Barnes, Fort Bliss Garrison command sergeant major, Melinda S. Sorrell, director, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, and Pat Smith, Child Youth and School Services coordinator.
According to the proclamation, more than one million American children have at least one parent currently serving on active military duty. The five child development centers here serve more than 1,000 children on Fort Bliss from 6 weeks to 6 years old.
“The proclamation signing was an important demonstrative activity to recognize our children’s sacrifices and contributions,” Dayley said. “From toddlers to teenagers, all young people should be applauded for their sacrifices due to the difficult lifestyle of serving in the military. We ask a lot of our youth and we can’t take them for granted.”
Each year the Army celebrates the unique contributions, commitments and sacrifices military children make on behalf of the country. Notable sacrificesinclude: temporary duty assignments, deployments, relocations, changing schools and parents who become wounded or never return from war.
“April’s events are planned specifically to educate children. I encourage parents to take time to be with their children and come out to their schools this month,” said Emma J. Donaldson, a caretaker at the CDC. “Children will learn more about what their military parent does when deployed, and from day to day.”
Following the signing of the proclamation, the children paraded around the center with balloons, wagons and patriotic streamers encouraging drivers to honk as they passed by to join in on the excitement.
The CDC helps the youth show their pride in country and family. Such demonstrations have been made on installations nationally since 1986 to highlight the special part of our armed forces.
“We appreciate and love our youth, because they are our future and an important part of our lives,” said Dayley.