Base Kodiak holds Purple Up Parade in Kodiak, Alaska

Military life and the deployments that occur can often be difficult to endure, especially for the children left at home.

April is designated the “Month of the Military Child,” a time to honor the youth impacted by deployment.

Coast Guard Base Kodiak Child Development Services, Base Kodiak Morale, Well-being, and Recreation division, Base Kodiak Coast Guard Police Department, and Base Kodiak Fire and Rescue Department sponsored a Purple Up Parade, Friday, in efforts for children of military members to actually see the support of their community!

The parade started at the chapel parking lot, where children and parents alike were encouraged to come wearing purple and a smile. Some kids rode their bikes while others walked hand-in-hand with their parents or siblings, giggling and laughing while donning purple everything.

Velma Vining, Base Kodiak’s child development services specialist, organized and partook in the parade, sharing the energy felt by the vibrant children with purple balloons in hand.

The purple balloons carried by the children represented the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as purple is the combination of Army green, Marine red, and Coast Guard, Navy and Air Force blue.

Between the smiling, youthful faces and charismatic energy, the children brought the good vibes to Kodiak, rain gear and all! Thank you to all who participated and came out for the event!