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Base students honored at Month of the Military Child event

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Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 2:01 pm

The North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (N.C. DMVA) celebrated the Month of the Military Child on Tuesday, April 30 at the N.C. Museum of History, in Raleigh, North Carolina. The month of April was designated as a time to honor the sacrifices of the dependent children of soldiers, Sailors, Marines and airmen serving at home and overseas. In accordance with a proclamation issued by Governor Roy Cooper, this year, the N.C. DMVA, in collaboration with the N.C. Museum of History, N.C. Department of Public Instructions Troops to Teachers Program, N.C. National Guard Child & Youth Program and Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Americas Mid-Atlantic District (Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune) conducted the first N.C. Military Child Day program in honor of the sacrifices made by military families in the state.

In addition to hosting the event, the N.C. DMVA developed a contest for DoDEA elementary schools from Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune to create a short video about “What it means to be a Military Child.” Two local classes were honored as winners of the 2019 N.C. DMVA video contest.

Grace Cruz’s third grade class from Heroes Elementary School were recognized for their video, “The Military Kids Alphabet.” In it, students run through the alphabet with traits that define military children. Among them are terms like “dependable” “loving” and “move a lot.”

Kimberly Crank’s third grade class from Tarawa Terrace Elementary School was recognized for their video, “Jody for the Military Child.” Students coordinated cadence calls regarding their status as military kids as well as their respect for their military parents. Drama director Van Edwards contributed music for the piece.

Other winners across the state were two classes from Bowley Elementary School on Fort Bragg.

Winners of the video contest, along with their teachers and community partners, were recognized at the event with a framed copy of the Governor’s proclamation designating April as the Month of the Military Child in North Carolina. Marine Corps Installations East-Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Deputy Commander, Colonel Scott Baldwin, and Fort Bragg Garrison Command, Sergeant Major William Lohmeyer, also participated in the event.

During this program, students met N.C. DMVA Secretary Larry D. Hall and participated in a N.C. legislative panel with Senator Kirk Deviere, Representative Grier Martin, Representative Holly Grange, Representative Raymond Smith and Representative Nasif Majeed. The students also toured the N.C. State Capitol and met the Cape Fear Heroes Football Team and the Carolina Mudcats Mascot “Muddy”.

For more information about the Month of the Military Child or N.C. DMVA visit

The N.C. DMVA contributed to this story.

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