American Eagle Day 2016


WHEREAS, the bald eagle was designated as the national emblem of the United States on June 20, 1782, at the Second Continental Congress; and

WHEREAS, the bald eagle is native to North America and represents such American values and attributes as freedom, courage, strength, spirit, justice, quality, and excellence; and

WHEREAS, the bald eagle is the central image used in the great seal of the United States and in the seals of many branches of the U.S. Government, including the Presidency, Congress, Department of Defense, Treasury Department, Justice Department, State Department, Department Of Commerce, and U.S. Postal Service; and

WHEREAS, the bald eagle’s image, meaning, and symbolism have played significant roles in the in American history; and

WHEREAS, the bald eagle was once in danger of extinction, and the recovery of the bald eagle population in the United States was largely accomplished due to the vigilant efforts of numerous agencies, corporations, organizations, and citizens; and

WHEREAS, the bald eagle was federally classified as an “endangered species” in the 48 states under the Endangered Species Act in 1973, and was upgraded to a less imperiled “threatened” status under that Act in 1995; and the Department of Interior and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service delisted the Bald Eagle from Endangered Species Act protection in 2007, but bald eagles will continue to be protected under the Bald & Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize June 20, 2016, as AMERICAN EAGLE DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.