Alexander: American Eagle Day Celebrates the “Symbol of Freedom and Sovereignty of the United States”
Posted on June 20, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 20, 2016 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement after the Senate voted unanimously to designate June 20, 2016, as American Eagle Day:
“Today, on American Eagle Day, we celebrate the recovery and restoration of our national symbol, the bald eagle,” Alexander said. “The bald eagle is a symbol of freedom and sovereignty of the United States, and this day gives us an opportunity to reflect on what makes America such a great place to live in. I’m also especially proud as a Tennessean that the American Eagle Foundation, in Pigeon Forge, has played such a leading role for more than 30 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 Senate unanimously passed a resolution introduced by Sen. Alexander and cosponsored by nine other senators, including Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), that designates June 20, 2016, 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.
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