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November 09, 2012

By Graydon Gordian

In Celebration of Veterans Day, Sesame Workshop Gives a Special Present

On Sunday over 20,000 people will march down New York City’s 5th Avenue in celebration of and appreciation for our nation’s veterans, and Sesame Workshop is proud to stand alongside them. The annual New York City Veterans Day Parade, the largest in the country, has been just one part of the many ways Americans show our thanks to our veterans and their families for 93 years.

This year, Sesame Workshop did a little something extra to say thank you: Associate Design Director of Special Projects Louis Henry Mitchell created the above painting as a special way of saying thank you to all the men and women who either currently or once served in our nation’s military and their families. On Thursday Mitchell and other members of the Sesame Workshop team presented it to the United War Veterans Council, which puts on the Veterans Day Parade.

“To be able to represent Sesame Workshop with a piece of my artwork to thank our veterans was a gift for me in and of itself,” said Mitchell. “I told them that the gift was ultimately to Sesame Workshop for giving us the opportunity to thank our veterans. There is nothing we could do to ever thank them enough for what they have done and continue to do for each of us and our entire country.”

Executive Director of the United War Veterans Council Pat Gaultieri said that, when he received the artwork, “it was thrilling.” However Gaultieri said there was another group of people in the room for whom it was even more special.

“There was a gold star family (a family who has lost a loved one in battle) there,” said Gaultieri. “They know they’ll be able to the show it to their children. They know someone cares, someone really cares.”

If you make it down to the parade and want to see the Sesame Workshop’s board thanking our veterans, it will be located by the reviewing stage near the public library between 40th and 41st Streets on 5th Avenue.

“It never grows old,” Marleene “Molly” Levi, Good Will Ambassador for the United War Veterans Council, said of the parade. “It always unfolds like magic. Watching 5th Avenue just come alive. It never grows old.”

If you want to learn more about the ways Sesame Workshop supports military families, click here.

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