A month of activities and official recognition has been proclaimed to pay tribute to the more than 100,000 North Carolina children whose parents serve in the U.S. military.
Gov. Beverly Perdue declared April the Month of the Military Child, and branches of the service are marking the occasion with picnics, carnivals, parades and other activities.
Other organizations are pitching in with efforts like the 4-H Club's drive to have people wear purple on April 13 for military youngsters.
North Carolina National Guard State Family Programs Director Diane Coffill says children in military families often endure distinctive types of stress and other worries, especially if their parents are deployed in combat zones.
Nationwide, there are roughly 1.7 million children with parents in the military.