Sunday, April 5, 2009

April is Month of the Military Child

In 1986, Defense Secretary Caspar Weingberger designated April as Month of the Military Child, a time when each branch of the military service recognizes the sacrifices made by the children of parents who are serving our country. During April, military bases around the world will honor these young American heroes with special events just for them.

You don't have to have a family member serving in the military to get involved. Here are two websites with information and ideas on how we can all say thanks to our military and their families:

Month of the Military Child was created by a partnership between The American Legion Auxiliary and Connect And Join. Here, educators can find ideas on ways to recognize and pay tribute to military children through the use of arts and crafts.

America Supports You was created by the Department of Defense to give citizens the opportunity to express support for our troops and their families. You can send an encouraging email and find links to your state to see how you can get in involved locally.

When a parent is serving their country, their children are serving, too. Over 1 million children currently have at least one parent serving in the military on active duty. These families endure long separations and often are required to move multiple times during their parent's service. This is a time to pay tribute to these kids and recognize the commitment, sacrifice and support they show as they face the special challenges of being a military child. To those children, and their parents, I would like to say thank you!
by Sandy Maple Apr 9th 2007

In commemoration of this event here is the layout this Military Mom has made with her Military Sons and Grandchildren. God Bless my Heroes!

I made the above layout with the lovely Scripture Word Art from Rina's Scripture Challenge at SBE. (For a complete list of credits, just click on the image to be taken to my gallery.)

Every Sunday morning you will receive your challenge HERE in the Scriptures Challenge forum thread (under "Weekly Challenges"). You will be given a link in the forum thread to download the FREE scripture word art created by Rina. Use that week’s word art and ANY SBE product (including store items, newsletter gifts or past challenge gifts) to create your submission, which can be whatever your heart calls you to create: a special layout, a bookmark, greeting card, calendar page, memory verse card, etc. Upload it to the Scripture Challenge Gallery and post the LINK to the forum thread before the deadline to receive a fabulous 12x12 quick page created by Rina’s talented Muses as a posting gift.

We hope that you will enjoy taking this journey with us and look forward to seeing your creations at Scrapbook-Elements!

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