On June 20, 1782, the Second Continental Congress established the Bald Eagle as our National Symbol. The Bald Eagle was chosen to represent this country for its: virtue, purity, innocence, power, bravery, justice, and perseverance. Benjamin Franklin had preferred the wild turkey, but the majority prevailed, selecting the Bald Eagle instead.
When Apollo 11 first landed Americans on the moon on July 16, 1969, astronaut Neil Armstrong’s first words as he stepped onto the moon’s surface was, “The Eagle has landed”. Do you think that sounded better than, “The Turkey has landed”?
To learn more about eagle symbolism, including “Symbols on the Great Seal of the United States”, visit the “Educational Resources” section of the American Eagle Foundation web site, http://www.eagles.org.–Bob Hatcher, editor