Fort Riley parade celebrates military children and their sacrifices

Children make their way to Artillery Parade Field during Friday's Month of the Military Child parade at Fort Riley.

Fort Riley’s Child and Youth Services celebrated the base’s Month of the Military Child effort with a big parade Friday.

CYS officials hosted the Month of the Military Child parade to commemorate the sacrifices children of service members make. The parade is held annually during April as a celebration for military children. The Month of the Military Child is a recognized tradition of the U.S. Armed Forces. 

“The whole purpose is to honor our children,” CYS Outreach Director Amelia Knap said. “They make a lot of sacrifices, and today we honor and recognize them.” 

Children lined the streets of the historic U.S. Army base, and marched alongside their teachers and classmates until they reached their final destination at the Artillery Parade Field, where the cavalry demonstrated equestrian vaulting and cavalry tactics for children. 

Those in attendance included Fort Riley Garrison Commander Col. Stephen Shrader. 

“It’s all about the kids out there,” Shrader said. “We put the kids under extreme stress and pressure with our jobs, so (this is to) stop and thank them for the sacrifices they make.” 

In addition to celebrating military children, the event featured the distribution of the CYS’ 2019 awards of excellence, which were given to individuals who helped sculpt a meticulous hiring process that faculty in education centers across the nation utilize. 

“This is a phenomenal team,” Shrader said of the award winners. “They make our life great.” 

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