It’s Capitol Hill Day! Everyone was dressed in their polo shirts; we are a good looking bunch headed to meet our Senators and Congressmen. We started our day with a photo with Senator Vitter and touring the United States Capitol. At the welcome center we watched a video about the capitol, then we toured the hall of statues and the rotunda. It truly is a magnificent building. Congressman Melancon’s office got us gallery tickets and we got to watch some testimonies about tax breaks for Veterans. The rest of the day was set aside for touring the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress and most importantly our individual appointments with our elected officials. During our appointments, we were able to ask questions about what their jobs are like as well as discuss with them issue that are important to us and our loved ones back home. Not many people ever have the chance to meet their elected officials let alone visit with them in their offices…this was an opportunity of a life time. The day ended with the All States Farewell Dinner and Dance. All 1500 youth tour delegates from the United States gather again for one final party. There was dancing, movies, games and plenty visiting. It was a great event, but we were sad to say goodbye to our friends we had met from other states.
Here’s what today’s bloggers had to say:
Javen is Jefferson Davis’s delegate:
His favorite part of the day was visiting with Congressman Charles Boustany. It was awesome because he rally went into detail about his work and took his time to explain. It was truly a great experience.
His least favorite part of the day was waiting 3 hours for all the appointments to be finished, so we could move on with the touring of the monuments.
Today’s activities taught Javen that if I had to find my way through the city of Washington, D.C. I could. All it takes is a little common sense and a map.
Javen would like to say to his loved ones back home—I would like to give a shout out to my mother and father because without them I wouldn’t. Shout out to my sister because without her I shouldn’t. Shout out to my brother without him I would stutter. And shout to God because without him I couldn’t.
DC Rocks my Socks!!!
Josh is Beauregard’s delegate:
His favorite part of the day was seeing the Apotheosis of Washington.
His least favorite part of the day was waiting for Senator Landrieu.
Today’s activities taught Josh I learned that I do not want to be a politician.
Josh would like to say to his loved ones back home I had a great time and I can’t wait to see the White House.
Yen is DEMCO’s delegate:
Her favorite part of the day was the tour around the Capitol Hill. It was wonderful! The Library of Congress was amazing. It’s Gorgeous. Too beautiful to be real.
Her least favorite part of the day was I really enjoyed the walking around Capitol Hill. Everyone was excited about the dance, but I wasn’t because I don’t dance. (I tried, though). However, I enjoyed the movies. (Danny slept through almost half of it :-P)
It’s just the dance, and I think I’m the only one that feels that way.
Today’s activities taught Yen the tour around the Capitol Hill refreshed my memories about those history lessons I had. More special, I will always remember what Congressman Cassidy said, “Ty to learn as much as I can about as many things as I can. That really motivates me a lot on my path of studying.
Yen would like to say to her loved ones back home—pretty much what Jacob Brooks said: “Expect the Unexpected.” You can never know what you will see. Life is great. Enjoy every moment.
Also go to sleep early, guys. Drink a lot of water. Try as much as you can. I just love this trip!
Victoria is a Northeast delegate:
Her favorite part of the day was getting the opportunity to talk to Congress Rodney Alexander about current issues that our state is facing.
Her least favorite part of the day was WALKING. I did not go with my better judgment and wear comfy shoes, I went with looks instead. Not a good choice. Blisters are never fun!
Today’s activities taught Victoria that so much can be accomplished through hard work and dedication.
Heather would like to say to her loved ones back home that I miss you, love you, and will see you Friday.
To view our pictures from today go to the link below. Photo Gallery: http://youthtour.smugmug.com/2010-Youth-Tour