Happy 4th of July – Independence Day!
In the United States, we commemorate Independence Day, July 4th, as a national holiday. On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was ratified by Congress.
As we reflect on that recognition, we are once again reminded of the Bald Eagle, the symbol of the United States of America. Bald eagles represent strength and courage, beauty and inspiration. We are forever in awe of what we have learned and admired through our eagle cams about our nation’s symbol!
On behalf of all of us at RRP, we’d like to thank all of you for your wonderful support toward our research and work! Have a wonderful holiday and please watch out for pets and wildlife if you plan to celebrate with fireworks!
The bald eagle’s role as a national symbol is linked to its 1782 landing on the Great Seal of the United States. The First Continental Congress in 1776 originally commissioned Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams to create a national seal that reflected the independence and aspirations of the new nation. When they failed to do so, Secretary of the Continental Congress Charles Thomson submitted the final design for the Great Seal. In heraldry, eagles have long been considered a symbol of power, authority, and ambition. Thomson’s design specified the North American Bald eagle over Roman Imperial or European eagles, meeting the charge to represent the new nation with a symbol uniquely its own. You can read more about that (and see the original design) here: http://bit.ly/2xpyDqn.