Tyndall Elementary kids celebrated Purple Up day with a flagpole ceremony

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - In 2011 a grassroots effort began as a way to honor the sacrifices military children make every day for the nation. It is now known as Purple Up day.

To celebrate the day children from Tyndall Elementary School gathered around their flag pole Friday for a formal flag-raising ceremony wearing their purple shirts.

The color purple was chosen because it is a combination of all the colors of the military services. After singing the National Anthem and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance they celebrated with several songs about being a military child.

Several students read their essays about being part of a military family and how they cope with the lifestyle. TSgt. Christina Burleson and her daughter Emma had this to say about the day, "It's not just uniformed personnel making the sacrifices for our country. The kids also make sacrifices even though they don't show it every single day they take on the same hardships as their parents do."

The average military child will move between six and nine times from the time they start kindergarten until they graduate high school.