NEW CUMBERLAND, Pa. –
The Defense Logistics Agency Susquehanna Child and Youth Program hosted a special Month of the Military Child performance and parade April 1 on Defense Distribution Center Susquehanna in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania.
Kicking off the month-long celebration, the event started with special opening presentations from children that are a part of the Child and Youth Program. Following the presentations, the children and their parents walked a parade route around the Child Development Center. Military and civilian personnel on the installation were invited to accompany the children to cheer and show support for military children around the globe.
Approximately 1.6 million children in the United States have a military parent, and April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, highlighting the important role military children play in the armed forces community. Dana Spalding, the chief of Family & Morale, Welfare and Recreation at DLA Installation Management Susquehanna, believes that celebrating this month is imperative.
“My husband and I have served more than forty years of combined military service, serving in the Army and Navy while raising our three daughters,” she said. “I can tell you by personal experience that they have endured many sacrifices. Take the time this month and join me in celebrating the bravery and courage our military children have endured and remind them all that we as a community recognize their sacrifices.”