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By KEVIN KOELLING
CANNELTON – Cannelton Mayor Mary Snyder read a proclamation at a common-council meeting March 11 declaring April the Month of the Military Child.
“Thousands of brave Americans have demonstrated their courage and commitment to freedom by serving in the armed forces of the United States of America in active-duty posts in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the world,” she read. More than 21,000 of Indiana’s youngsters have been directly affected by the military deployments of at least one parent, the proclamation continues. The children “are a source of pride and honor to us all, and it is only fitting that we take time to recognize their contributions, celebrate their spirit and let our men and women in uniform know that while they are taking care of us, we are taking care of their children and youth.”
In 1986, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger designated each April as “The Month of the Military Child,” according to information at a Web site devoted to the annual observance.
“Recognizing the contribution that the military child makes as their parent or parents serve our nation, it is during April of each year that all branches of services provide special days and events to honor the family and their children,” organizers of monthofthemilitarychild.com wrote. As children of military members grow into their teen years, they “are an inspiration and a source of pride for our nation,” the site managers continued. “Frequent moves and family separations through deployments, and then the reintegration issues make life especially challenging. Often military children are looked up to for their resilience and ability to deal with life-changing events.”
“The recognition of a Month of the Military Child,” Snyder continued reading, “will allow us to pay tribute to military children and youth for their commitment, their struggles and their unconditional support of our troops – because when parents serve in the military, their kids are heroes too.”
“A month-long salute to military children and youth will encourage local community support to provide direct support to military children and families,” the mayor continued. Declaring April as the observance month, she urged all citizens and business and government leaders to mark it “with appropriate ceremonies and activities that honor, support and thank military children.”