On the last day of 2014 Boys Nation, the delegates held their final senate session, visited The White House and graduated from the Boys Nation program. Starting as early as 4am Saturday morning, the delegates boarded buses to go back to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to fly home. Photos by Lucas Carter.
The 2014 Boys Nation delegates spent time on Capitol Hill Thursday morning, as they had the opportunity to meet with U.S. Senators from their home state. In the evening, the delegates had the opportunity to hear Nesse Godin speak, who is a Holocaust survivor. Photos by Lucas Carter.
Wednesday, July 23 brought the delegates the swearing in of their president and vice president, Dr. Matthew Shank of Marymount University surprising them with a ten thousand dollar scholarship should they choose to return to Marymount University for college, and experiencing Twilight Tattoo, a historical military pageant. Photos by Lucas Carter.
The Boys Nation delegates toured the Washington American Legion Headquarters before holding debates and elections for president and vice president. Federalist Matthew Ellow of Ala. is elected 2014 Boys Nation President, and fellow Federalist Louie Lombardo of Texas is elected vice president, in Arlington, Va. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Photos by Lucas Carter and Charlie Tucker.
Monday, July 21, 2014, the 2014 Boys Nation delegates laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, were briefed by the guards, toured Arlington National Cemetery, and held party president and vice-president elections. Photos by Lucas Carter and Charlie Tucker.
The newly sworn in delegates attend a memorial service in which a wreath is dedicated that will be laid at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, visit Greenbelt, MD American Legion Post 136 and meet with National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger, before taking in the sights of the Vietnam War Memorial, Lincoln Monument and Korean War Memorial at dusk in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, July 20. Photos by Lucas Carter/The American Legion
Saturday, July 19, 2014 the Boys Nation participants are sworn in as Boys Nation Senators, listen to several speeches including Legislative Director Louis Celli, David Azerrad, and Boys Nation 1963 Alumni, and hold elections for convention seats and Senate President pro tempore and secretary.
The last day of Boys Nation had the senators meeting in session for the last time. A productive morning that ended all too quickly and it was time for the final gravel to hit the podium. But the afternoon was on the horizon, and the excitment mounted. The senators were headed for the White House with the good possibility of meeting the President. And meet them they did. The boys were joined by Girls Nation senators and together, they all posed in the East room of the White House for a photo. President Obama arrived to greet all of the senators and he shook the hand of each one.
Day seven was "Hill Day" as the senators were met by the Girls Nation senators and together stormed Capitol Hill to meet with their respective senators and representatives. Although the tempertures were hot, the delegates had a productive and exciting day. Evening brought a favorite assembly speaker, Nesse Goden, survivor of the Holocast. Nesse's story stirs emotions deep inside her audiences and every Boys Nation delegate who hears her, loves her. It's an evening to remember a lifetime.