New York Celebrates Month Of The Military Child

Governor Kathy Hochul today issued a proclamation celebrating April as the Month of the Military Child. In recognition of those children separated from a parent on active duty away from home, New York State landmarks will be lit purple tonight, April 4.

Niagara Falls is lit purple tonight in honor of military children.

“The men and women serving in America’s armed forces are inspiring models of selflessness and sacrifice to all New Yorkers,” Hochul said. “Part of that sacrifice is the burden a soldier’s children must bear, separated from a parent on active duty. The lives of military families are challenging, and each April we must take a moment to recognize our nation’s military children and appreciate them for the daily sacrifices they make in support of their parents’ service to America.”

“As a member of a military family myself, I know the immense challenges and obstacles that need to be overcome by our military children to uphold the noble work of our service members,” New York State Division of Veterans’ Services Director Viviana DeCohen said. “It is a great honor and privilege for New York State to have so many military families that we can celebrate this month and every month for the work and service they do every day to support those who serve.”

The landmarks to be lit in honor of the Month of the Military Child include:

  • One World Trade Center
  • Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge
  • Kosciuszko Bridge
  • The H. Carl McCall SUNY Building
  • State Education Building
  • Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
  • Empire State Plaza
  • State Fairgrounds – Main Gate & Expo Center
  • Niagara Falls
  • The “Franklin D. Roosevelt” Mid-Hudson Bridge
  • Grand Central Terminal – Pershing Square Viaduct
  • Albany International Airport Gateway
  • The Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex
  • MTA LIRR – East End Gateway at Penn Station
  • Fairport Lift Bridge over the Erie Canal

Read Proclamation Here

Christy Hinko
Christy Hinko is a managing editor at Anton Media Group. She is a New York Press Association (NYPA) and Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) award-winning writer and photographer.

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