Sesame Street & USO Team Up To Help Military Families

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Don't expect the typical songs from Elmo and his friends.

The Sesame Street/USO Experience is a performance aimed at helping military children stay positive about moving - something military families do a lot.

"I'd like to think that it makes them happy. It makes them smile. We want them to know that we are here for them," said Nicole McClendon, tour manager.

At a performance on Fort Drum, Elmo introduced the audience to Katie, a Muppet you can only see on the USO Sesame Street Tour.

"She happens to be a military child herself and she just found out she is about to move with her family to a new base which is something all of our military families go through," said McClendon.

Kids received toys and bandanas as they walked into Magrath Sports Complex, but that wasn't the most exciting part.

The only one I love is Elmo," said youngster Yadiel Williams.

While Elmo was the star of the show, the event was also about reuniting families.

"It helps bring us together, especially the soldiers in the 10th Mountain. Our training is so intense and it gives everyone a day off to spend time with family and reconnect," said soldier Sean Priebe.

Elmo, the Cookie Monster and now Katie have a special message for military families: moving is okay, especially when you have your friends and family.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
, Watertown, NY

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