Click. Click. Click. A member of the Old Guard paces down and back in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. 21 steps, 21 seconds, 21 seconds, 21 steps. As the honor guard paces in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Eternal Flame burns at John F. Kennedy’s gravesite, a sea of red polos washed over the cemetery. Four girls (Emily Demsetz, Breelyn Karno, MaKennah Little, and Charley Planteen) had the honor of laying a poppy wreath at the tomb of “An American Soldier Known but to God,” while the rest of the senators watched in silence. After a beautiful patriotic ceremony in the Arlington Memorial Amphitheater our group was taken by tram to tour the Women for Military Service for America Memorial, a tribute to service women from all time periods. Because of this powerful trip to Arlington, we have learned that freedom is NOT free. Arlington National Cemetery was just a glimpse at the amount of service men and women who have died fighting for our freedom.
After an awe-inspiring, busy morning the senators were all business when it came to party meetings, senate sessions, and election procedures. Winning officials included Annabelle Roth (Federalist Party Chair), Kaylene Khosla (Nationalist Party Chair), Ruiqi Chen (President Pro Tem), Kelsey Vita (Chaplain), Renee Ermer (Senate Secretary), Brianna Turner (Senate Assistant Secretary), Erin Battaglia (Senate Reporter), Kate Shooshan (Sergeant-at-Arms), and Lora Delahunt (Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms). Congratulations to all who got elected and amazing job to all who ran.
This day has showed us a glimpse at what we can expect for the rest of the week. We look forward to the different experiences that will be offered. Do not take any of this for granted. Have a good week, Senators! Let’s show D.C. what ALA Girls Nation is all about!