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20th FSS celebrates Month of the Military Child

Easter eggs are scattered across a field during a Month of the Military Child celebration at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., March 31, 2018.

Easter eggs are scattered across a field during a Month of the Military Child celebration at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., March 31, 2018. During the event, the hunt was divided into age groups providing a fair playing ground for younger participants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

A Team Shaw child pets a calf during a Month of the Military Child celebration at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., March 31, 2018.

A Team Shaw child pets a calf during a Month of the Military Child celebration at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., March 31, 2018. During the event, children and their parents received an opportunity to go on train rides, watch a magic show and participate in an Easter egg hunt. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

Team Shaw children hunt for Easter eggs during a Month of the Military Child (MOMC) celebration at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., March 31, 2018.

Team Shaw children hunt for Easter eggs during a Month of the Military Child (MOMC) celebration at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., March 31, 2018. The MOMC celebration recognizes children for the sacrifices they make throughout their parents’ careers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

Richard “Doc” Soos, 20th Contracting Squadron computer programs technician, performs a magic trick for children during a Month of the Military Child celebration at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., March 31, 2018.

Richard “Doc” Soos, 20th Contracting Squadron computer programs technician, performs a magic trick for children during a Month of the Military Child celebration at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., March 31, 2018. During the event, Soos performed various tricks, including a hidden coin and vanishing cloth trick. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- Team Shaw children and their families participated in events including a magic show, Easter egg hunts and a petting zoo.

“The event is intended to give back to military children,” said Deborah MacQueen, 20th Force Support Squadron youth program director. “We want our children to be recognized for the sacrifices and adjustments they make every single day and help them understand they have a support system in the Shaw community.”

MacQueen added that it is important for the military community to come together, reach out to the children and remind them how much the base cares about them.

“A military child is unique and encounters family separations for long periods, frequent moves and deployments that can be very confusing and scary,” said Macqueen.

The MOMC was first celebrated in 1986 to show support and thank the more than 1.8 million military children currently serving across the globe.

“Our family arrived to Shaw almost one month ago,” said Jessica Mann, military spouse. “We knew that our daughter would love to enjoy the event. Coming from overseas, it’s important for her to be around other military children and interact with them.”

Through numerous events designed for kids, the celebration provided Team Shaw members with an opportunity to thank the children for the countless sacrifices they make throughout their parents’ selfless service.