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Bossier Schools is home to more than 2,000 military connected children.

In honor of the sacrifices these young people make, Bossier Schools observed its sixth year celebrating “Purple Up Day” at Haughton Middle School today. The ceremony was led almost entirely by students.

Brothers Harrison and Jackson Voigt were the keynote speakers and talked about their journey as military children. A gubernatorial proclamation was read and Barksdale Air Force Base 2nd Bomb Wing Commander Colonel Ty Neuman and Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith made remarks.

In 1986 former Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger designated each April as the “Month of the Military Child,” its purpose being to recognize the contributions that military children make as their parent serves our country. The color purple symbolizes all branches of the military and is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue.

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