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Posted: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 12:00 pm | Updated: 8:08 am, Thu Aug 16, 2012.

By Amanda Kim Stairrett

Fort Hood Herald

The youth rock band, "Well Driven Nails," is set to perform at Saturday's Month of the Military Child Festival at Hood Stadium.

The band wrote two songs that celebrate military children, said Janice McMillan, Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS) outreach services director, and its performance is a can't-miss event at the festival.

There will also be elementary- and middle-school step show competitions, a three-on-three basketball tournament, climbing wall, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, free food, door prizes and T-shirts for the first 200 people,

The T-shirt art was designed by winners of an art contest, and will be recognized on stage during the festival.

Fort Hood has celebrated Month of the Military Child since 1986, McMillan said. That's when then-Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger declared April be a month set aside to recognize military children.

"Over the years at Fort Hood the celebration has grown and grown to a really fun and exciting event for the child/youth," McMillan said.

Army Community Services' Family Advocacy Program is also recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The Month of the Military Child Festival is a joint Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) venture, split between CYSS and Army Community Services.

"The military children are our future of our nation and essentially will be the ones protecting us tomorrow," said Monty Campbell, FMWR spokesman. "They have to endure the lengthy deployments, TDYs and early-morning PT as much as the soldier. For that, they deserve a day of their own."

The festival lasts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is a military or Department of the Army identification card is required for free admission.

For more information, please contact the CYSS Outreach Services Office at (254) 288-3189 or e-mail becki.delloyd@us.army.mil or Janice.mcmillan@us.army.mil.

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