Month of the Military Child

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Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp reads to children at the Coast Guard Headquarters Child Development Center as part of the Month of the Military Child celebration. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Telfair Brown Sr.
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp reads to children at the Coast Guard Headquarters Child Development Center as part of the Month of the Military Child celebration. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Telfair Brown Sr.

Written by Ademide Adedokun.

Throughout the month of April, the Coast Guard joined with the other Armed Services to celebrate the Month of the Military Child. The month served as an opportunity to recognize military children for surviving and thriving under challenging circumstances and to thank them for their service.

Air Station Clearwater crewmembers and their children wait in line for a tour of an HC-130 Hercules aircraft during "Bring your Child to Work Day" at Air Station Clearwater, April 26, 2012. The children also got a chance to tour an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and view a search and rescue demonstration. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mike De Nyse.
Air Station Clearwater crewmembers and their children wait in line for a tour of an HC-130 Hercules aircraft during "Bring your Child to Work Day" at Air Station Clearwater, April 26, 2012. The children also got a chance to tour an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and view a search and rescue demonstration. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mike De Nyse.

For servicemembers, the support from their children allows them to go out and perform their duties. Their children remind them why they do what they do – to leave a better nation for them and all the kids out there who depend on the Coast Guard to protect and defend our nation’s shores.

Military children face exceptional challenges. During the course of their childhoods they may move numerous times. Their parents may be underway or deployed for months at a time causing them to miss family holidays, birthdays, graduations and many other events.

Despite these challenges military children often thrive, doing well in school and taking on extra responsibilities to help parents or younger siblings. The Coast Guard’s Military Child of the Year, Alena Deveau, embodied the spirit of the military child with her exceptional accomplishments and the help she provided to her family during a tough time.

Petty Officers Michael Caliguire and Michael Shannon from the Pacific Strike Team demonstrate how to work a Remote Andros Vehicle Harvey Robot during a family event on Coast Guard Island April 13, 2012. Coast Guard Base Alameda commemorated Military Month of the Child by hosting fun-filled festivities and entertainment on base aimed to honor military kids and for military parents to spend quality time with their families. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Sarah B. Foster.
Petty Officers Michael Caliguire and Michael Shannon from the Pacific Strike Team demonstrate how to work a Remote Andros Vehicle Harvey Robot during a family event on Coast Guard Island April 13, 2012. Coast Guard Base Alameda commemorated Military Month of the Child by hosting fun-filled festivities and entertainment on base aimed to honor military kids and for military parents to spend quality time with their families. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Sarah B. Foster.

As Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp said in the memorial service for the crew of Coast Guard helicopter 6535:

“We love going to sea, we love flying, we get excited about doing it, but as soon as we take in the lines and get underway, or as soon as we go down the runway and take off into the air, the first thing we start thinking about is how soon we can get back to our kids.”

Although Month of the Military Child comes to an end, we encourage everyone to continue to thank military children for the resiliency, as they provide inspiration and hope for their families.

Do you know a military child who supports their loved ones and our nation? Leave your personal note of thanks in the comments below!

3 comments on “Month of the Military Child”

  1. Coast Guard wife and expecting our first baby Coastie May 14th!(: Thank you to all of the other Coastie families out there, as well as the other branches!

  2. Today is Memorial Day.

    Since its inception in 1790 as the
    Revenue Marine to the present the United States Coast Guard has played a proud
    role in every armed conflict that America has been involved in. Vietnam was no
    exception.

     

    All
    Gave Some

    Some
    Gave All

    Coasties On The Wall

    By Dolly Juhlin (1997)

    Could it be your brother there?

    Or a sweetheart, or your friend?

    All the years that have gone by

    Still the memories never end –

    Time stands still for seven of them

    In memories they stand tall

    Seven U.S. Coast Guard men who
    served

    Shadowed names upon a wall –

    On a mission far from home
    Not knowing what would be
    They sacrificed the ultimate
    Heroes for you and me –

    Ever ready to go forth
    Who would know their end
    Atta boy’s are silent now
    Let’s not forget these men –

    Long ago they sailed away
    To a different port of call
    Do salute them silently
    Coasties one and all.

    I just wanted to share this, not just in remembrance of seven of our shipmates we lost in Vietnam, but also remembering and honoring all of our shipmates who have made the ultimate sacrifice. On this hallowed day, when you are sitting down to dinner and envoking the Lord’s blessings on the food you are about to receive please include our fallen shipmates in your prayer. Afterwards, please lift a glass of the beverage of your choice and give a toast to: “Absent Friends.”For a very important part of my life, it was my honor and privilege to be a member of this select group of truly outstanding professionals known collectively as the United States Coast Guard. God bless and keep you one and all.Semper ParatusRM1 James W. Gilliam, USCG(Veteran)

    By Dolly Juhlin (1997)

    Could it be your brother there?

    Or a sweetheart, or your friend?

    All the years that have gone by

    Still the memories never end –

    Time stands still for seven of them

    In memories they stand tall

    Seven U.S. Coast Guard men who
    served

    Shadowed names upon a wall –

    On a mission far from home
    Not knowing what would be
    They sacrificed the ultimate
    Heroes for you and me –

    Ever ready to go forth
    Who would know their end
    Atta boy’s are silent now
    Let’s not forget these men –

    Long ago they sailed away
    To a different port of call
    Do salute them silently
    Coasties one and all.

    I just wanted to share this, not just in remembrance of seven of our shipmates we lost in Vietnam, but also remembering and honoring all of our shipmates who have made the ultimate sacrifice. On this hallowed day, when you are sitting down to dinner and envoking the Lord’s blessings on the food you are about to receive please include our fallen shipmates in your prayer. Afterwards, please lift a glass of the beverage of your choice and give a toast to: “Absent Friends.”

    For a very important part of my life, it was my honor and privilege to be a member of this select group of truly outstanding professionals known collectively as the United States Coast Guard. God bless and keep you one and all.

    Semper Paratus

    RM1 James W. Gilliam, USCG(Veteran)

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