2010 Boys Nation kicks off July 23

The 64th American Legion Boys Nation will take place July 23-30 in Washington, D.C., where 98 delegates - who have been selected by their department's Boys State program - will receive an understanding of the nation's political process. Throughout the eight-day program, the delegates will reside at Marymount University in Arlington, Va., and participate in daily educational activities from dawn until dusk.

Between senate sessions, party conventions, and elections for a president and vice president, the delegates will visit prominent memorials and historical sites around Washington such as the White House, the Arlington National Cemetery, the Supreme Court and the National Mall. The boys will also partake in a dinner at the Maryland Greenbelt Legion Post 136 with American Legion National Commander Clarence Hill as the keynote speaker. To see the entire agenda for the program, click here.

Furthermore, family and friends can stay connected with the delegates throughout the program by visiting the Boys Nation portion of our Web site.  The site will feature articles, photos and videos highlighting the daily events that the delegates participate in. Also, four of the events will be streamed live from Legion.org. These include:

Candidate debates: Tues. July 27, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. (EDT)

Elections: Tues., July 27, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (EDT)

Closing Senate Session: Fri., July 30, 9 a.m.-noon (EDT)

Graduation and farewell assembly: Fri., July 30, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (EDT)

Meanwhile, as the countdown begins for the 2010 Boys Nation, view the 98 delegates and learn more about the respectable program by clicking here.