Purple Up! Military Children Release Balloons

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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) PTA parents Pamela Edwards, left, and Mahala Ross gather purple balloons to be released by Freedom Park Elementary students in honor of Military Children Purple-Up Day at Fort Gordon on Monday, April 15, 2013.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Freedom Park Elementary student Emily St. Pierre watches as single stray balloon floats into the sky before more than a hundred more are released in honor of Military Children Purple-Up Day at Fort Gordon on Monday, April 15, 2013.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Freedom Park Elementary students look up at their balloons before releasing them into the sky in honor of Military Children Purple-Up Day at Fort Gordon on Monday, April 15, 2013.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Freedom Park Elementary students hold their balloons before releasing them into the sky in honor of Military Children Purple-Up Day at Fort Gordon on Monday, April 15, 2013.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Freedom Park Elementary students release their balloons into the sky in honor of Military Children Purple-Up Day at Fort Gordon on Monday, April 15, 2013.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Freedom Park Elementary students look up at their balloons before releasing them into the sky in honor of Military Children Purple-Up Day at Fort Gordon on Monday, April 15, 2013.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Parents and teachers gather bunches of balloon to be released by Freedom Park Elementary school students in honor of Military Children Purple-Up Day at Fort Gordon on Monday, April 15, 2013.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Freedom Park Elementary School students watch as a stray balloon floats into the sky before more than a hundred more are released in honor of Military Children Purple-Up Day at Fort Gordon on Monday, April 15, 2013.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) A Freedom Park Elementary student puts his finger over his lips to stay quiet while walking in line with his class before he and fellow classmates release 200 purple balloons into the sky in honor of Military Children Purple-Up Day at Fort Gordon on Monday, April 15, 2013.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Freedom Park Elementary students hold their balloons before releasing them into the sky in honor of Military Children Purple-Up Day at Fort Gordon on Monday, April 15, 2013.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Freedom Park Elementary students watch after releasing purple balloons into the sky in honor of Military Children Purple-Up Day at Fort Gordon on Monday, April 15, 2013.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Freedom Park Elementary School students watch as a stray balloon floats into the sky before more than a hundred more are released in honor of Military Children Purple-Up Day at Fort Gordon on Monday, April 15, 2013.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Freedom Park Elementary students gather at the playground waiting to release 200 purple balloons into the sky in honor of Military Children Purple-Up Day at Fort Gordon on Monday, April 15, 2013.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Freedom Park Elementary students gather at the playground waiting to release 200 purple balloons into the sky in honor of Military Children Purple-Up Day at Fort Gordon on Monday, April 15, 2013.

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