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Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division (LI) visit Calcium Primary School on April 19 to hand out purple beads in support of the Month of the Military Child. Soldiers stood outside of the school, handing out purple beads and thanking students as they entered the building. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Samuel Bonney)

10th Mountain Soldiers celebrate Purple Day
with students at Calcium Primary School 

Pfc. Samuel Bonney 

27th Public Affairs Detachment  

CALCIUM, N.Y. (April 19, 2023) – Soldiers from 10th Mountain Division (LI) visited Calcium Primary School on April 19, Purple Day, to support the Month of the Military Child by handing out purple bead necklaces to students.

The Month of the Military Child is observed in April to recognize and honor the sacrifices and contributions of military families and their children. Purple Day is specifically dedicated to raising awareness for the unique challenges military children face and the importance of supporting them.

The Soldiers stood at the front entrance of the building, purple beads in hand, ready to hand out necklaces to each student who came to school that day and thank them for their support.

The event was organized by the school in collaboration with the Fort Drum community as a way to show their support for military families and children. The school's principal, Kristen Freeman, expressed her gratitude to the Soldiers for visiting and engaging with the students.

"When those buses pull up and they see all these Soldiers are handing them beads and thanking them, it means the world to them," Freeman said.

Organizers deemed the event a success, with the students eagerly wearing their purple bead necklaces throughout the day. It was a small but meaningful gesture of support for military families and children and a reminder of the sacrifices they make for our country.