Event in honor of the "Month of the Military Child"
Raleigh, NC Governor Pat McCrory has proclaimed the entire month of April as "Month of the Military Child," encouraging the state of North Carolina to recognize the children of the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces for their support of their parents and caregivers, as well as their sacrifice as members of military families.
In honor of these courageous families, First Lady Ann McCrory will host an Easter egg hunt for military families on the front lawn of the executive mansion Saturday, April 12 beginning at 10:00 a.m. through 11:30 a.m. The governor's military affairs adviser, Major General Cornell A. Wilson, USMC (Ret.), will help welcome the families.
"Growing up with a father in the Air Force, I know firsthand what being part of a military family is like," said Mrs. McCrory. "It is important to us that North Carolinian military families know that they are appreciated and that they will never be forgotten or have their sacrifices ignored."
The Easter egg hunt will include the following attractions: face painting, a bouncy house, coloring and decorating, flower pot planting, family photos, music, drinks and cookies.
This event will include North Carolina military families serving in the Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Army, Air Force and National Guard. Families of deployed, fallen and veteran service members will also be in attendance. The families at the event will hail from Camp Lejeune, Seymour Johnson AFB, Cherry Point, Fort Bragg & National Guard and the Coast Guard.
As of 2014, nearly 110,000 active duty military personnel were assigned to units in North Carolina, which is the third-largest military population in the United States. In addition, 769,000 veterans call North Carolina home, which is the ninth-largest veteran population in the United States.
The military community's impact on North Carolina is tremendous. The military currently supports 540,000 jobs in North Carolina, including 340,000 in the private sector. Dozens of current state legislators are serving or have once served in the armed forces. Overall, the military supports roughly 10 percent of economic activity in North Carolina.
Read a copy of the Month of the Military Child proclamation here
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