In 2011, the University of New Hampshire 4-H started the “Purple Up! For Military Kids” initiative and it is now celebrated nation-wide.
Wearing the color purple is a visible way to show support and thank military youth for their strength and sacrifices. During the month of April all are encouraged to select a specific day to wear purple in honor of military kids. The color purple was chosen and symbolizes all branches of the military, it is a combination of Army green, Marine Corps crimson, and Coast Guard, Air Force, and Navy blue. The goal of “Purple Up! For Military Kids:” is for military youth to actually SEE the support in their schools, after school programs, youth groups, Child Development Centers, Family Child Care Homes and the entire community during the week of 18-24 April, 2021.