—7/25/15—INDIANAPOLIS - American Legion Auxiliary volunteers will join 98 young women at the 69th American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation in Washington, D.C., July 26-31. As part of the annual ALA program, two outstanding citizens, known as “senators,” are selected during 49 ALA Girls State sessions held across the country. These students then represent their respective states at ALA Girls Nation. This six-day leadership conference is designed to provide practical insight into the workings of government, instill a sense of pride and loyalty in America, and create friendships and memories that last a lifetime.
Many activities are on the agenda, including a visit to Arlington National Cemetery where they will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Holocaust Museum and DC monuments. The senators will also meet with their state’s senators on Capitol Hill and visit the White House where they hope to meet with President Obama.
A key component of the ALA 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 an ALA Girls Nation president and vice president.
Special guests include Nesse Godin, Holocaust survivor, who inspires the girls to choose hope and kindness, and Michelle Johnson, first woman 3-star general, who brings a message of empowerment, achievement and perseverance.
“The ALA Girls Nation experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young women across our nation,” said Martha Lee Thatcher, American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation national chairman. “After attending their local ALA Girls State program and then ALA Girls Nation, the girls come back to their communities filled with patriotism and pride.” Thatcher, 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.
About the American Legion Auxiliary: Members of the American Legion Auxiliary, which was founded in 1919, dedicate themselves to meeting the needs of our nation’s veterans, military and their families both here and abroad. They volunteer millions of hours yearly, with a value of nearly $3 billion. As part of the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, Auxiliary volunteers across the country also step up to honor veterans and military through annual scholarships and with ALA Girls State programs, teaching high school juniors to be leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. To learn more about the Auxiliary’s mission or to volunteer, donate or join, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org.
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