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HCS recognizes Month of the Military Child in April

April is designated as Month of the Military Child – a time to honor the sacrifices made by military families worldwide, with an emphasis on the experience of the dependent children of military members serving at home and overseas. The Commonwealth of Virginia recognizes over 80,000 military connected children.

“I can’t tell you how much we appreciate Hampton’s support of the military and especially military children this month,” said Colonel Allen Herritage, Commander 633d Mission Support Group JBLE-Langley. “One of my two children was born here and both have called Hampton home for years—this community is special to us and so many military families. And this support improves our readiness; families who feel supported are more likely to continue to serve and our Air Force benefits from that experience.”

Bruce Sturk, director of federal facilities support for the city of Hampton shared, “As the son of an Air Force service member and having also served in the Air Force with my family, supporting military children is truly an important ingredient for military families wellbeing. Since the inception of the Month of the Military Child, Hampton City Schools has gone above and beyond in their outreach, caring and support of the military child. The ‘Purple Up’ day of recognition is just one excellent example of the unwavering commitment Hampton and the school division have for military children.”

“We consider it a privilege that Burbank Elementary School is the zoned elementary school for the Langley Air Force Base,” said Ashley Ide, Burbank principal. “The military families and their students demonstrate resilience, strength and flexibility. Our school is made better by their unique experiences and perspectives. We are forever grateful that we have the pleasure of being part of their lives and educating their students.”

Purple Up! Day is celebrated on April 21. The school division encourages everyone to wear purple to show their support for military connected students. The city of Hampton will also celebrate by lighting up the Air & Space Center, the Convention Center, and City Hall purple in honor of our military families.