Boys Nation 2023 comes to a close
2023 Boys Nation senators at Marymount University in Arlington, Va., on Wednesday, July 26. Photo by Hilary Ott /The American Legion

Boys Nation 2023 comes to a close

Among the president’s powers — both in the real world and at American Legion Boys Nation — is the opportunity to nominate qualified individuals for appointments, pending confirmation by the Senate.

That’s not always an easy process in the real world. But the senators at Boys Nation 2023 confirmed President David Daniel’s appointments by proclamation at Friday morning’s final Senate session, one of their final official acts as a legislative body.

The senators also approved a number of simple resolutions by acclimation, many of them a means of expressing their gratitude to their families, teachers, counselors, and American Legion posts that helped them make it to Boys Nation.

They also had the opportunity to express their appreciation during Wednesday night’s Senate session; you can watch that video here.

The senators on Friday morning also voted to not overturn Daniel’s veto of a bill whose sponsor, Ronald Spears of Ohio, acknowledged was imperfect. Spears himself spoke to urge his fellow senators not to overturn the veto. “I wish we had more time to discuss it,” Spears said.

Graduation. After visiting Ford’s Theater and the Victims of Communism Museum — as well as the Legion’s Washington, D.C., headquarters — the senators joined the Boys Nation staff in a graduation dinner at Marymount University, followed by the graduation ceremony itself.

ICYMI. The Boys Nation media team wrote stories, took photos, shot video and shared it all on and social media during the week. To catch up on everything you may have missed, or to relive memories of Boys Nation 2023, go to

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