The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families – the USO’s longest running, traveling tour based on Sesame Street’s award-winning Military Families Initiative – has kicked off its seven-month, stateside adventure. Elmo, Katie and their Sesame Street pals are scheduled to perform more than 200 shows at 69 military bases in 32 states by late October. The tour premiered April 4th with two performances at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.
This is the sixth year the tour will create heartfelt moments and memories for our littlest heroes and military families through its 30-minute character performances. The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families tour joined forces this year with USO’s Every Moment Counts campaign – a year-round, national initiative that rallies Americans to honor and create real, everyday moments that matter for our nation’s troops and their families.
Each month, Sesame Street and the USO will honor a local military hero with the “Moment Maker of the Month” title. Each service member volunteer named will be highlighted on the Sesame Street and USO blog, and be recognized for his or her assistance in bringing the tour to life on base.
The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families was created in 2008 to help service members and their families deal with the unique challenges they face, from deployments and homecomings to frequent relocations. The tour features several of your favorite Sesame Street characters along with Katie, a military child who was created exclusively for this tour and was first introduced to military families in April 2011 by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden at a Joining Forces rally in Columbus, Ohio.
Produced in partnership with VEE, this year's tour will once again showcase the power of friendship, with Elmo and his Sesame Street pals helping Katie to open up about her fears and excitement as she deals with moving to a new place and making new friends.
Since its debut six years ago, the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families has delivered special family moments to more than 412,000 military children and their parents through more than 735 shows at more that 144 military bases in 33 states and 11 countries.
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