Kansans urged to support military families
Kansas State University fans typically have purple in their wardrobe. In recent years, it's also become a fashion color, yet many who choose it may not realize its military significance.
In the U.S., the color purple combines Army green, Coast Guard and Air Force blues, Marine red and Navy blue, said Ann Domsch, who is urging all Kansans to wear purple on April 13 to show their support for military families, and, particularly, for children with one or more parents deployed.
Domsch, a retired K-State Research and Extension agent, currently serves as Kansas' Project Coordinator for Operation Military Kids, which is part of a national effort to support military families.
"Purple Up! For Military Kids," said Domsch, who urges individuals and communities to don purple, and:
--Encourage area schools, youth and community groups to join you in wearing purple to show their support.
--Encourage local businesses to encourage their employees and representatives to wear purple, and, where sales are made, to offer a discount to patrons or customers wearing purple to support military youth and families.
--Invite family, friends, co-workers, and others--parents and teachers, neighbors; 4-H, Scout, Boys' and Girls' Clubs, and families involved in other youth organizations are examples--to join you in supporting military families.
While the current push for a show of support is April 13, Domsch noted that military families need support throughout the year. For more information, and more about how you can help, contact Domsch at 785-532-5833 or firstname.lastname@example.org.