INDIANAPOLIS—7/17/13—American Legion Auxiliary volunteers will join 98 young women attending the 67th American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation in Washington, D.C., July 20-27. Two outstanding citizens, known as "senators," are selected at the 49 Girls State sessions held across the country to represent their state at Girls Nation. This premier leadership conference is designed to provide practical insight into the workings of government, to instill a sense of pride and loyalty in America and to create friendships and memories that last a lifetime.
Many activities are on the agenda, including a visit to the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial and a war photography art exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The senators will also host a barbecue where the young women will provide dinner, company and entertainment for the wounded soldiers staying at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
A key component of the Girls Nation program involves mock senate sessions complete with caucusing and debating of bills that range in topic from personal to political interests. Campaigns are held to elect party officials and a Girls Nation president and vice president.
In addition to their legislative forums, the senators hear distinguished guest speakers and visit the White House with the opportunity to meet President Obama, tour other memorials in the Washington, D.C. area, and lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. A visit is scheduled to Capitol Hill to meet with their respective senators and representatives.
"The ALA Girls Nation experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young women across our nation," said Martha Corriher, American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation national chairman. "After attending their local Girls State program and then Girls Nation, the girls come back to their communities filled with patriotism and pride." Corriher, along with other Auxiliary volunteer leaders, will attend the conference and encourage the young senators to continue their community service by becoming members of the American Legion Auxiliary, as well as leaders in their communities and government.
Founded in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary is the world's largest women's patriotic service organization. With a membership of nearly 800,000, American Legion Auxiliary units have a strong presence in more than 9,000 communities nationwide. The American Legion Auxiliary's mission to serve veterans, the military and their families is carried out through its hundreds of outreach programs delivered by its members, volunteers and National Headquarters staff. To learn more or volunteer, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org.
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