Posted on June 20, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 20, 2019 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on a resolution he introduced to designate today, June 20, 2019, as “American Eagle Day”:
“American Eagle Day is a day to celebrate the dramatic recovery and restoration of the bald eagle. The bald eagle is a symbol of the spirit of freedom and sovereignty of the United States, and as a Tennessean, I am especially proud of the role the American Eagle Foundation in Pigeon Forge has played for more than thirty years in preserving this magnificent bird.”
The bald eagle was officially designated as the national symbol of the United States on June 20, 1782. Today, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution introduced by Sen. Alexander and cosponsored by 13 other Senators, including Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), that designates June 20, 2019, as American Eagle Day to “celebrate the recovery and restoration of the bald eagle.” The resolution also encouraged educational entities, businesses, conservation groups and government agencies to collaborate and develop educational tools about bald eagles for use in schools. The measures also highlighted the U.S. Mint’s Bald Eagle Commemorative Coin Program, which raised approximately $7.8 million for the American Eagle Foundation, located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, to support efforts to protect the bald eagle.
This is the 12th year Senator Alexander has introduced this resolution.
More information regarding the American Eagle Foundation is available at www.eagles.org.