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A pinwheel twirls in the wind on the chapel lawn during a pinwheel ceremony in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, April 9, 2018. Airmen placed  pinwheels at the base chapel to honor Child Abuse Awareness Month. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ryan Lackey)

A pinwheel twirls in the wind on the chapel lawn during a pinwheel ceremony in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, April 9, 2018. Airmen placed pinwheels at the base chapel to honor Child Abuse Awareness Month. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ryan Lackey)

(From left to right) Susana Senent, 92nd Medical Operations Squadron Family Advocacy program assistant, Ruth Sunde, 92nd Medical Operations Squadron Family Advocacy Outreach manager, Maj. Whitney Hasbrouck, 92nd Medical Operations Squadron Family Advocacy element chief, and Puffet Cook, 92nd Medical Operations Squadron Family Advocacy nurse, pose with the placed pinwheels after a pinwheel ceremony in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, April 9, 2018. Team Fairchild Airmen gathered to install the pinwheels in an act of raising awareness for child abuse. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ryan Lackey)

(From left to right) Susana Senent, 92nd Medical Operations Squadron Family Advocacy program assistant, Ruth Sunde, 92nd Medical Operations Squadron Family Advocacy Outreach manager, Maj. Whitney Hasbrouck, 92nd Medical Operations Squadron Family Advocacy element chief, and Puffet Cook, 92nd Medical Operations Squadron Family Advocacy nurse, pose with the placed pinwheels after a pinwheel ceremony in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, April 9, 2018. Team Fairchild Airmen gathered to install the pinwheels in an act of raising awareness for child abuse. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ryan Lackey)

Col. Ryan Samuelson, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, speaks to Airmen during a base pinwheel ceremony in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, April 9, 2018. Airmen installed pinwheels at the base chapel to honor Child Abuse Awareness Month. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ryan Lackey)

Col. Ryan Samuelson, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, speaks to Airmen during a base pinwheel ceremony in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, April 9, 2018. Airmen installed pinwheels at the base chapel to honor Child Abuse Awareness Month. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ryan Lackey)

Col. Ryan Samuelson, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, signs a proclamation of intent at a base pinwheel ceremony in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, April 9, 2018. Airmen installed pinwheels at the base chapel to honor Child Abuse Awareness Month. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ryan Lackey)

Col. Ryan Samuelson, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, signs a proclamation of intent at a base pinwheel ceremony in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, April 9, 2018. Airmen installed pinwheels at the base chapel to honor Child Abuse Awareness Month. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ryan Lackey)

Senior Airman Davante Presley, 92nd Operation Support Squadron aviation resource manager, pins a pinwheel to the chapel lawn during a pinwheel ceremony in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, April 9, 2018. Research indicates children need a loving and supportive environment for a healthy childhood, a better chance of academic and financial success. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ryan Lackey)

Senior Airman Davante Presley, 92nd Operation Support Squadron aviation resource manager, pins a pinwheel to the chapel lawn during a pinwheel ceremony in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, April 9, 2018. Research indicates children need a loving and supportive environment for a healthy childhood, a better chance of academic and financial success. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ryan Lackey)

Maj. Whitney Hasbrouck, 92nd Medical Operations Squadron Family Advocacy element chief, introduces Col. Ryan Samuelson, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, during a base pinwheel ceremony in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, April 9, 2018. April has been designated as Child Abuse Awareness Month for the past 35 years. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ryan Lackey)

Maj. Whitney Hasbrouck, 92nd Medical Operations Squadron Family Advocacy element chief, introduces Col. Ryan Samuelson, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, during a base pinwheel ceremony in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, April 9, 2018. April has been designated as Child Abuse Awareness Month for the past 35 years. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ryan Lackey)

Team Fairchild Airmen hold pinwheels while attending a base pinwheel ceremony in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, April 9, 2018. The pinwheel in action not only catches the eye of both children and adults, but more importantly, it represents the whimsical and carefree childhood every child deserves. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ryan Lackey)

Team Fairchild Airmen hold pinwheels while attending a base pinwheel ceremony in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, April 9, 2018. The pinwheel in action not only catches the eye of both children and adults, but more importantly, it represents the whimsical and carefree childhood every child deserves. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ryan Lackey)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. --

During the month of April, you’ll see blue pinwheels gracing the lawns of the Fairchild Chapel and the 92nd Medical Group. Their placement, and the similar placement of millions of pinwheels around the United States, is in recognition of Child Abuse Awareness Month. 

April has been designated as Child Abuse Awareness Month for 35 years, but it wasn’t until 2008 that the pinwheel became the national symbol of child abuse prevention. By nature, the pinwheel in action not only catches the eye of both children and adults, but more importantly, it represents the whimsical and carefree childhood every child deserves.

Like a pinwheel needs wind to move, children need love, nurturing and guidance to flourish. Research indicates children need a loving and supportive environment for a healthy childhood; children raised in such environments have a better chance of academic and financial success, and tend to grow into productive, contributing members of society as adults. 

There are several ways to help fight against child abuse. To find out what you can do, pick up a list of family-friendly activities at the 92nd Family Advocacy Office, the Child Development Center or the Balfour Beatty Community Center.

For more information about these and other child abuse prevention activities, contact the Family Advocacy Office at (509) 247-2687.