JBA goes purple for Month of the Military Child

Staff Sgt. Yinell Covington, 779th Dental Squadron dental assistant, and her daughter, Maya Rosario, pose for a picture at a school parade at the Joint Base Andrews Child Development Center Three April 7, 2016. The parade kicks off Month of the Military Child, a time to honor military youth for the important role they play in contributing to the strength of the military family. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rustie Kramer/Released)

Staff Sgt. Yinell Covington, 779th Dental Squadron dental assistant, and her daughter, Maya Rosario, pose for a picture at a school parade at the Joint Base Andrews Child Development Center Three April 7, 2016. The parade kicks off Month of the Military Child, a time to honor military youth for the important role they play in contributing to the strength of the military family. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rustie Kramer/Released)

Col. Bradley Hoagland, 11th Wing/Joint Base Andrews commander, visits with staff and students before a “purple” parade at JBA’s Child Development Center Three April 7, 2016. The school parade kicks off the Month of the Military Child, a time to honor military youth for the important role they play in contributing to the strength of the military family. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rustie Kramer/Released)

Col. Bradley Hoagland, 11th Wing/Joint Base Andrews commander, visits with staff and students before a “purple” parade at JBA’s Child Development Center Three April 7, 2016. The school parade kicks off the Month of the Military Child, a time to honor military youth for the important role they play in contributing to the strength of the military family. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rustie Kramer/Released)

Students and staff of the Joint Base Andrews Child Development Center Three march in a “purple” parade April 7, 2016. The parade kicked off Month of the Military Child celebration, a time to honor military youth for the important role they play in contributing to the strength of the military family. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rustie Kramer/Released)

Students and staff of the Joint Base Andrews Child Development Center Three march in a “purple” parade April 7, 2016. The parade kicked off Month of the Military Child celebration, a time to honor military youth for the important role they play in contributing to the strength of the military family. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rustie Kramer/Released)

Terrell Dean, teacher’s assistant, and students celebrate the month of the military child at the Joint Base Andrews Child Development Center Three April 7, 2016. The students and faculty participated in a “purple” parade to kick of the month long celebration to honor military youth for the important role they play in contributing to the strength of the military family. The children wore placards that contained the Military Child’s Creed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rustie Kramer/Released)

Terrell Dean, teacher’s assistant, and students celebrate the month of the military child at the Joint Base Andrews Child Development Center Three April 7, 2016. The students and faculty participated in a “purple” parade to kick of the month long celebration to honor military youth for the important role they play in contributing to the strength of the military family. The children wore placards that contained the Military Child’s Creed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rustie Kramer/Released)

Chandre Coleman, JBA Child Development Center Three director, Col. Bradley Hoagland, 11th Wing and Joint Base Andrews commander, and Sharon Iniarte, JBA CDC Three assistant director, pose for a picture at a “purple” parade at JBA CDC Three April 7, 106. The parade kicks off Month of the Military Child, a time to honor military youth for the important role they play in contributing to the strength of the military family. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rustie Kramer/Released)

Chandre Coleman, JBA Child Development Center Three director, Col. Bradley Hoagland, 11th Wing and Joint Base Andrews commander, and Sharon Iniarte, JBA CDC Three assistant director, pose for a picture at a “purple” parade at JBA CDC Three April 7, 106. The parade kicks off Month of the Military Child, a time to honor military youth for the important role they play in contributing to the strength of the military family. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rustie Kramer/Released)

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. -- Team Andrews kicked off the Month of the Military Child with a "purple" parade at Child Development Center Three, April 7, 2016.

Month of the Military Child, established in 1989 by former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, is a month long celebration to honor military youth for the role they play in contributing to the strength of the military family.

"In a way the children do support the parents, they support our country too in their own way," said Sharon Iniarte, 11th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center Three assistant director. "We want to recognize their role in supporting active duty members."

The participants of the parade, led by Col. Bradley Hoagland, 11th Wing/ Joint Base Andrews commander, wore purple for the celebration. Each classroom and age group had a theme and activities included wearing hats and carrying signs made by the students during enrichment activities. Many signs included the Military Child's Creed.

"It's just celebrating everything they go through and letting them know that we care about them and how important they are," said Chandre Coleman, 11th FSS CDC Three director.

MOTMC has a different theme each week. For example, April 4-9 is dedicated to health and has scheduled activities for parents and children.

For more information, visit the Andrews Child Development Center's Facebook page.