Puppetcheer: TV puppet brings smiles to Fort kids

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Fort Hamilton’s Marshall Drive was Sesame Street for a few hours.

The United War Veterans Council enlisted “Sesame Street” character Elmo (actually, a guy in a costume) to visit with kids at the base’s Childhood Development Center on Nov. 5. The visit marked an early Veteran’s Day celebration for children at the center. One parent said the visit was a treat for her son and daughter.

“Joel was very excited — he was a big an of Elmo — and Sophie, she thought it was cool,” said mom Jackie Bragale. “She enjoyed getting an American flag.”

Elmo broke from his typical third-person self-reference to teach kids the Pledge of Allegiance, which begins with “I” — a word the pronoun-averse puppet routinely avoids.

The children’s entertainer also taught kids about the U.S. flag and handed out plenty of hugs, organizers said.

The Child Development Center offers full- and part-day pre-Kindergarten to Fort Hamilton’s children. The Fort will round out Veteran’s Day festivities when it participates in “America’s Parade” in Manhattan on Nov. 11.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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