Military's top officer sings to camp kids in annual tradition

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Associated Press

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Updated Friday, May 23 at 5:10 PM

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — There was no talk of Afghanistan, Iran or nuclear missiles. But there were plenty of green alligators and long-necked geese.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey continued a Memorial Day weekend tradition by singing 'The Unicorn Song' and another number for hundreds of kids at the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors' annual Good Grief Camp. The camp is aimed at helping children who have lost loved ones serving in the military.

The Army general and his wife waved their arms while performing in a Virginia hotel ballroom, backed by the U.S. Army Band Downrange.

Dempsey took questions from the kids -- and when one child asked what it's like being a general, there was a simple answer: "It's cool."

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217-w-36-(Sagar Meghani (SAH'-gur meh-GAH'-nee), AP national security correspondent, with Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey and the U.S. Army Band Downrange and and unidentified camper)--The nation's top military officer has continued a Memorial Day weekend tradition of singing to kids who have lost loved ones in uniform. AP National Security Correspondent Sagar Meghani reports from the Pentagon. ((opens with actuality)) (23 May 2014)

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218-r-30-(Sound of Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey and the U.S. Army Band Downrange, performing for kids at the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors' Good Grief Camp)--Sound of Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey and the U.S. Army Band Downrange performing for kids at the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors' Good Grief Camp. (23 May 2014)

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219-r-31-(Sound of Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey and the U.S. Army Band Downrange, performing for kids at the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors' Good Grief Camp)--Sound of Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey and the U.S. Army Band Downrange performing for kids at the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors' Good Grief Camp. (23 May 2014)

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220-a-17-(Unidentified children and Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey, during question-and-answer session at the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors' Good Grief Camp)-"being a kid"-Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey jokingly answered questions from kids at the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors' Good Grief Camp. ((note length)) (23 May 2014)

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