By Amanda Kim Stairrett
Killeen Daily 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 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, a climbing wall, pony rides, a 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 a contest, and they 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," 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 venture, split between CYSS and Army Community Services.
"The military children are the 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. A military or Department of the Army identification card is required for free admission.