July 18, 2002 - U.S. Newswire : Director Vasquez speaks to American Legion 2002 Boys Nation

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Director Vasquez speaks to American Legion 2002 Boys Nation

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American Legion 2002 Boys Nation Reminder

Jul 18, 2002 - U.S. Newswire

News Advisory:

WHO: 96 high school juniors selected from American Legion Boys State programs in 48 states will represent their states as "senators" at American Legion Boys Nation

WHAT: The week-long program introduces the senators to the structure and function of the federal government while combining lectures and forums with visitations to federal agencies, institutions, memorials and historical spots in and around Washington, D.C.

Activities include:

-- Speech by President George W. Bush at the White House

-- Visit to Capitol Hill and appointments with Senators

-- Tomb of the Unknowns wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery

-- Twilight tattoo on Ellipse

-- Tour and briefing of Supreme Court

-- Speakers: Ambassador David Johnson, Afghan coordinator, U.S. Department of State; Gaddi Vasquez, Peace Corps director; Colonel Rodney Davis, director of marketing and public affairs, U.S. Army; Nesse Godin, Holocaust survivor

WHEN: Friday, July 19 - Saturday, July 27

WHERE: Senators and staff are housed on the campus of Marymount University, 2807 North Glebe Road, Arlington, Va.


Each year 48 American Legion state-level Departments selects two outstanding Boys State graduates to represent them at The American Legion Boys Nation held in Washington, D.C. Eligibility for all Boys State citizens requires them to have outstanding qualities of leadership, character, scholarship, loyalty and service to their schools. The boys must also have successfully completed their junior year in high school and have at least one semester of high school remaining.

Boys Nation is designed to instill in each "Senator" a sense of deep loyalty to America and to provide understanding about the operation of the federal government. Actual participation in the political process is significant throughout the week's activities including the organization of party conventions and the nomination and election of a Boys Nation president and vice president.

The American Legion is dedicated to strengthening America. The organization's philosophy is that there is no better way to this end than to work with the nation's young people to prepare them for the tasks they will face as adults. The American Legion, through youth activities programs, plays a leading role in the development of tomorrow's informed, responsible citizens.

To find out more about a State's Boy's Nation Senators or for details of the Boy's Nation program, contact Lucia Anderson, The American Legion National Headquarters. July 17-27, Marymount University, 2807 North Glebe Road, Arlington, Va., 22207, Phone: 703- 908-7552, fax: 703-908-7551

Photos available online at http://wwww.legion.org/boysnations/< /A> 2002


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