On July 19, 98 young men will convene at Marymount University in Arlington, Va., to participate in the 67th session of The American Legion Boys Nation program. The delegates have been selected by their respective departments’ Boys State programs to attend the Legion’s premier program that instills a thorough understanding of the nation’s political process.
The young men will be involved in daily activities on campus and around the Washington, D.C., area. While on campus, the delegates will conduct senate sessions and party conventions, elect a president and vice president, vote on bills and hear from special guests. Off campus, the young men will visit the National Mall, meet with their state senator and have dinner at an American Legion post with National Commander James E. Koutz as the keynote speaker. A new activity for Boys Nation delegates this year is the Twilight Tattoo at Fort Myer in Arlington, Va. It’s the United States Army’s outdoor ceremonial concert that features the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the Army Drill Team, the Army Blues, and members of the Army Band Downrange.
See a detailed Boys Nation agenda, which is subject to change, here.
Family and friends of the 98 delegates, as well as Boys State/Nation alumni, are encouraged to stay connected with the young men throughout the program by clicking here. The Boys Nation web page will feature articles, photos and videos highlighting the events in which the young men participate. Also follow Boys Nation coverage on Facebook and Twitter.
The following Boys Nation events will be streamed live on www.Legiontv.org. All times are Eastern Daylight.
July 23, 3-5 p.m.: President and vice president candidates debate
July 23, 6:30-9:30 p.m.: President and vice president elections
July 26, 8-9:30 p.m.: Graduation ceremony