The Golden Knights put on a show for military children
All April, schools on and around Fort Bragg have been celebrating the Month of the Military Child.
Today, that celebration took to the skies for students at Irwin Intermediate School on Fort Bragg.
The school's roughly 470 students, wearing purple shirts with the words "Keep calm and be military kid strong," were treated to a performance by the U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights.
The Golden Knights are based at Fort Bragg and are international ambassadors for the Army, performing at air shows, sporting events and on the international stage where they are the world's most highly decorated parachute team.
U.S. Army Parachute Team members prepare to land on target as part of the Golden Knights annual certification cycle on Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., Jan. 27, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Jerry Morrison)
Lt. Col. Carlos Ramos, commander of the Golden Knights, said the team has just started its annual "show season," meaning they will soon be traveling the nation to perform for millions.
According to officials, the Golden Knights are seen by an estimated one-third of the U.S. population each year.
But Ramos said there was something special about performing in the Golden Knight's own backyard on Fort Bragg.
"It's a great honor," Ramos said. "What better crowd is there than a Fort Bragg crowd?"
The Knights took off from nearby Pope Field and jumped at roughly 2,400 feet.
It was a special treat, said Miriam Breece, principal of Irwin Intermediate.
Breece said the Golden Knights are the latest visitors to the school, after the 82nd Airborne Division Band performed earlier this week.
She said the Month of the Military Child was meant to show the students that while they have unique challenges, they are also special.
"We like to thank them," Breece said. "We exist to support them."