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Littlest Heroes Celebrated at Month of the Military Child Carnival

The VFW National Home, in conjunction with the Michigan Army National Guard Child and Youth Program, wants to make sure that the children of military families are seen and appreciated.

That’s why on April 13, during the Month of the Military Child, the National Home gym in the community center was transformed into a full-blown carnival with games, face painting, and treats.

“We had an amazing turnout this year for the carnival. It is great to see all the military kids let loose and have fun playing all the games and enjoying being a kid,” said Angie Harkins, program director.

Over 120 people registered, including families who live at the National Home and those living in the area.

“This is a way for us to celebrate these kids and recognize them for the sacrifices they’ve made as military children,” said Madeline Barber, Lead Child and Youth Program Coordinator for the Michigan Army National Guard.

The afternoon event included numerous carnival games like balloon darts and ring toss, plus prizes, face painting, and a sack race. Snacks included usual carnival fare like popcorn, ice cream, and cotton candy.

“The families absolutely love it,” added Barber, who said it’s an opportunity for military youth to connect with other military youth and have fun together.

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