Students kicked off the Month of the Military Child, Monday, at Irwin Intermediate School. The celebration included a visit from Col. Kyle Reed, Fort Bragg Garrison Commander.

Children gathered around the flagpole outside of the school for the ceremony. Miriam Breece, the principal of the school, opened up the event.

“This month is about you,” Breece said. “You go to this school because someone in your Family is a military member.”

Members of Irwin Intermediate School’s flag team presented the colors and the children recited the Pledge of Allegiance. An Irwin student sang the national anthem, and a recorder choir performed “America the Beautiful.” After the performance, students and teachers waved flags in the air as Reed began to speak.

“This month is about the sacrifices and commitment and the courage you have for all of those transitions,” Reed said. “I want you to be bold, I want you to be brave, I want you to be resilient. I encourage all of you to focus on those three words. If you guys can focus on those and pass that to your Family, you will stand out among your peers.”

The Month of the Military Child was started in the 1980s as a way to recognize military children and their unique challenges. Currently, there are 1.9 million military children across the globe.

Purple is the official color of the month, and staff and students at Fort Bragg will “purple up” by wearing purple shirts from Monday through April 12, to honor

these children.