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Boys Nation - Day 5 - July 24, 2012

July 24, 2012

Day five brought more senate sessions for the senators where a number of bills were entered with some passing fairly quickly. In the afternoon, the much anticipated candidate debates took place and after dinner the election process took center stage. The newly elected President of Boys Nation is Jonathan Hess from Tuscaloosa, Alabama and the Vice President is Joseph Aumuller, from Libertyville, Ilinois.

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Boys Nation - Day Four - July 23, 2012

July 23, 2012

Day four started with a trip to Arlington National Cemetery. Representing the 98 senators, Benjamin McFarlin of Canton, Georgia and Gabriel Levy of Clarksville, Tennessee represented the 98 senators by participating in the wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns. From Arlington, the senators traveled the short distance to the Iwo Jima Memorial and then it was back to campus for more party conventions in the afternoon and evening.

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Boys Nation - Day 3 - July 22, 2012

July 23, 2012

Day three finds the senators attending the Memorial Service with National Chaplain Gerald Theriot bringing a powerful message to the young men. Remembering those who have gone before, the price they paid for our freedoms, to those who are serving today. The afternoon quickly passed with party conventions and then it was on to the Greenbelt Post 136 for dinner where the senators had the opportunity to hear from the National Commander Fang Wong. The day ended with a beautiful evening walking the National Mall.

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Boys Nation - Day 2 - July 21, 2012

July 22, 2012

Day two began with a general orientation where the senators were introduced to the staff and an overview of the program was shared. Peter Gaytan, Executive Director of the Washington DC. Legion office swore in the 98 senators. As the day progressed, party conventions and senate sessions convened. Ultimately a President Pro Tempore and Secretary of the Senate were elected. Further appointments were made, bills introduced and it was obvious by the activity that Boys Nation 2012 was off to a running start !

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Boys Nation - Day 1 - July 20, 2012

July 21, 2012

Morning dawned with much needed rain in the D.C. area, but as the staff began their trek to the airport to begin picking up delegates, the excitement mounted, brightening an otherwise gloomy morning. The year had sped by fast since the last group of delegates had passed through the halls of Marymount University and soon a new group of 98 young men would enter the doors to begin this week that indeed is a week that shapes a lifetime !

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2011 Boys Nation Visit the White House

August 4, 2011

President Barack Obama greets and takes a group photo with the American Legion's Boys Nation and their mentors in the East Room of the White House during their visit, July 26, 2011.

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Boys Nation - Friday, July 29

July 30, 2011

The last day for the boys started with the last senate session which also was streamed live.  Once finished the group headed off campus for one more trip.  The destination was the American History Museum and the WWII Memorial.A wonderful final dinner was enjoyed by all followed by a stirring graduation ceremony.  Boys Nation comes to an end but the result was making new great friends, having a wonderful time, and knowing without a doubt it had been a week that indeeds shapes a lifetime.

 

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Boys Nation - Thursday, July 28

July 29, 2011

Today the senators headed to Capitol Hill for "Hill Day".  This is the day they meet their respective state senators.  Joining them for this experience were the delegates from Girls Nation.

Evening brought a special speaker and wonderful treat for the senators.  Holocaust survivor Nesse Goden shared her story to an audience riveted to her every word. After taking questions, Nesse spent time with the boys taking photos and just enjoying their company.

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Boys Nation - Wednesday, July 27

July 28, 2011

Wednesday dawned with the senators gathering for flag raising and then the short walk to the auditorium for the Inauguration of President Michael Herbert and Vice President Benjamin Attia by the Honorable Alan Lance.

From there the President made his cabinet appointments and the rest of the day the senators met in their respective senate committees.  The evening program was the very popular Alumni Night with returning Boys Nation Alumni, Michael Lang, Maj. Sean Morrow, Dan Webber, and Joel Leftwich prior to the senators return for an additional senate session rounding out the day.

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Boys Nation - Tuesday, July 26

July 27, 2011

It made little difference the 98 delegates stood in the hot July sun along the sidewalk waiting their turn to go through security to enter the White House.  They were excited as they were to meet the President of the United States.

It was a long wait, but when it was over, they were rewarded with a photo session with President Obama, his encouraging words and hearty handshakes for all.  The afternoon brought the first live webcast as the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates debated.  After a short break allowing for dinner, the delegates once again convened where the all important vote was cast to elect these positions.  With another live session webcast, Michael Herbert of Arvada, Colorado was elected President and Benjamin Attia of Hockessin, Delaware was elected Vice President.

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Boys Nation - Monday, July 25

July 26, 2011

Monday dawned with preparations to head off campus once again, this time to Arlington National Cemetery.  The weather was humid and warm even in the early morning hours, yet the excited delegates selected to participate in the wreath laying, Luke Hudson, Indiana and Caspar Adrian of Kentucky, would hardly feel the warm temperatures. 

Upon returning to campus, the rest of the day was devoted to party conventions that ended with the presidential and vice presidential candidates determined.

Nationalist Party:Presidential Candidate: Preston Moore II, GeorgiaVice Presidential Candidate: Benjamin Attia, Deleware

Federalist Party:Presidential Candidate: Michael Herbert, ColoradoVice Presidential Candidate: Jordan Jentz, Texas 

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Boys Nation - Sunday, July 24

July 25, 2011

Sunday dawned with early morning flag raising and then the delegates attended the Memorial service. National Chaplain, Rev. Daniel Seehafer spoke.

Senate sessions and committee meetings filled the afternoon until it was time to leave for the Greenbelt American Legion Post for a wonderful dinner and evening program. National commander, Jimmie Foster joined the Boys Nation delegates, spoke and took questions.

After an inspiring evening at Greenbelt the delegates headed downtown to the National Mall for an early evening walk to view the variety of memorials in the area.

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Boys Nation - Saturday, July 23

July 24, 2011

The day begins early at Boys Nation with breakfast at 7:00 AM following close behind with the morning flag raising.  The first day of the program is no exception.Immediately following the delegates met for orientation where they were introduced to staff and learned more about their upcoming week from Program Director, Michael Buss.  The oath of office was then administered by American Legion Legislative Director, Tim Tetz.As the morning sped by, the first legislative assembly took place.  The afternoon was filled with party conventions and senate committees.

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Boys Nation - Friday, July 22

July 23, 2011

The delegates arrive from across the nation to begin their week of adventure at Boys Nation.The Washington D.C. weather was hot as was the rest of the country, but that didn't damper any of the excitement evident in the boys' eyes.

The delegates initially signed in, received their room keys and Boys Nation polo shirts before heading to their assigned dorm rooms to drop off luggage.  Soon they had the opportunity for their first meal at Marymount University and then it was off for their first section meetings followed by an ice cream social mixer.

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Friday - July 30th

July 31, 2010

The last day of Boys Nation 2010 brings the last senate session which lasted most of the morning and was broadcast live here at legion.org.

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Thursday - July 29th

July 30, 2010

A day on the hill.  With the humid, hot temperatures abounding, the senators head to the hill to meet with their senators.  A day full of exploring, learning and watching our government at work along with the amazing opportunity to meet the senators from their home states.

Evening brought the much anticipated and much loved visit from Holocaust survivor, Nesse Goden.  She was thrilled to speak to Boys Nation once again and the senators were captivated and moved by her stirring and emotional story.

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Wednesday - July 28th

July 29, 2010

The morning began with the inauguration of Boys Nation President Charlie Brown and Vice-President, Alex Geiger.  Their oath of office was administered by the Honorable Alan Lance, who is also a past national commander of The American Legion.  The rest of the morning found the senators in senate sessions. 

The afternoon brought a trip to the World War II Memorial, and the American History Museum. 

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Tuesday - July 27th

July 28, 2010

Visit to Supreme Court and election of the President and Vice-President of Boys Nation made for an exciting and event filled day for the senators.

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Monday - July 26th

July 27, 2010

The day started with a trip to Arlington National Cemetery and a short visit to the Iwo Jima Memorial.  The rest of the day was filled with party conventions for the Federalist and Nationalist parties.

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