April 17, 2015 --
Marine Corps Community Services personnel, at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, extended the celebration of the installation’s military children by taking its show on the road.
In observance of the Month of the Military Child, MCCS personnel, parents and children aboard the base continued their observance, April 14, at the Base Theater with games, crafts and a feature movie.
The front counter at the theater was decorated with lace and filled with candies, cookies and other goodies as greeters welcomed the smiling faces of the children and parents for activities themed after the movie, “Frozen.”
Paula Caserio, director, Family Care Branch, MCCS, MCLB Albany, said they met and decided to do something a little different this year.
“’Frozen’ is (a) very popular (movie) with all children,” Caserio said. “These activities were in support of (that) theme. The crafts have been hits at other venues and we wanted to appeal to our military children attending the event.
“The Month of the Military Child is a special time to recognize our military children for their sacrifices,” Caserio shared. “We are truly blessed to be able to serve our military families.”
The children participated in activities with the various “Frozen” characters, including pinning carrots on Olaf’s nose; a variety of character tattoos and coloring sheets before taking their seats for the movie feature.
Roughly 50 participants attended the event, which was scheduled to honor and celebrate the sacrifices of military children across the nation.
Caserio said the installation’s final scheduled event for the month’s observance was “Purple Up!”, in which participants dressed in purple in support of another initiative aimed at recognizing military children.
Former Secretary of Defense, Casper Weinberger, established this Defense Department commemoration in 1986, according to the website: http://extension.unh.edu/Military-Youth-and-Family-Program/Purple-Military-Kids. Since then, branches of the military, organizations, and communities have created special events to pay tribute to children of military families during the month of April.
In 2011, the University of New Hampshire Military Youth and Family Program started the initiative “Purple Up! for Military Kids”
that quickly gained momentum and is now celebrated nationwide, the website further indicated.