Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - We acknowledge our men and women who are deployed around the world for defending our country and keeping it free. But some of the bravest individuals are the children they leave behind.
"I think military kids are heroes. I think that they are a very important part of the military family," said Sherry Upward, Counselor at Freedom Elementary.
About 98 percent of the students at Freedom Elementary in Cheyenne have a mom or dad in the military.
"The kids here, we can all relate to each other. Know what it's like to move," said Charleston Tidwell, 6th grade student.
Moving is something Charleston Tidwell has become very accustomed to. Her family has moved 10 times since she's been born.
"You make friends then you're close with them and then you move," Tidwell said.
Other kids have lived in Cheyenne their whole life but have to deal with a parent being deployed. Aliyah Henry's dad is currently deployed to South Korea.
"He comes back twice in a year and then he has to leave again and we get all happy when he comes and then we get sad when he leaves," Henry said.
It's a common bond most students share at Freedom. One that brings them closer together.
"When their parents are deployed sometimes and mine is we can talk about it together," Henry said.
"I notice that our military kids just become experts in what they need. They become really resilient and they become really good at making friends about being new kids," Upward said.
Over the next five weeks, Wyoming is recognizing military children. Giving them the attention they deserve, but don't often receive.
Despite the sacrifices many of these kids have to make, they are proud of what their parents do.
"I like that my dad serves our country and I like that we get to live on military bases and see all the cool things," Tidwell said.
"I'm proud of them because they serve our country," said Henry.