Sunday, July 18, 2010

Good Afternoon from Day 2 at Girls Nation

Our trip to Arlington was amazing and moving. Last night, during the opening, the girls inserted poppies into a beautiful wreath brought by Marie Geode from Minnesota. If you’ve seen the pictures you know what I mean. Four Senators were chosen to be in the honor guard to lay the wreath. What an honor!! It was sunny and hot but the girls didn’t seem to mind.

The Ecumenical Ceremony, put together by Suzanne Knapp from Michigan, was beautiful. Nine Senators shared their religious beliefs. We all sang Let there be Peace on Earth and This Land is Your Land. The choir sang Some Gave All, a special request by me. They did such a beautiful job, I again found myself crying. I’ve done that a few times already and it’s only Sunday.

When we got back to the 4H Center we had a presentation called “You Be the Judge” given by Judge Pierron from the Kansas Court of Appeals. He was engaging and incorporated a lot of participation by the Senators. The girls seemed to really like it.

After lunch the Senators learned about how senate sessions are conducted at Girls Nation and then split into their parties to elect their party leadership. Flag lowering is in 15 minutes, then dinner and senate continues this evening.
These are an amazing group of talented and enthused young women. I thank the Girls State programs for sending us such wonderful Senators. I wish you can all see them in action – but the next best thing is to follow us and view our pictures on Facebook.

Photos should also be available on the Auxiliary website tomorrow.

Pray with us for a safe Girls Nation.

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