TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s resolution is now official: April in New Jersey is “Military Child Appreciation Month.” Gov. Phil Murphy signed the recognition into law Tuesday.
Dancer’s resolution (SJR74/AJR109) also designates the final week in April as “Military Child Appreciation Week.”
“Nearly 2 million children in the United States have mothers and fathers in uniform who serve our great nation. These children often must endure frequent moves and live with the reality that their mother or father may be gone for months,” Dancer (R-Ocean) said. “It’s only fitting we honor the sacrifices these children don’t have a choice but to make.”
April is already recognized as such by the U.S. Department of Defense. Established in 1986 by Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, “Month of the Military Child” seeks to increase public awareness of issues faced by children whose parents serve in the Armed Forces.
As part of this effort, people are asked to wear purple to show their support for military children. The U.S. Armed Forces has also partnered with groups such as Boys & Girls Clubs of America, 4-H, and Sesame Street to offer opportunities for these children.
“We rightly commemorate the sacrifices our service members make,” Dancer added. “Let’s never forget the children.”