Governor LePage Declares June 20, 2012 as American Eagle Day

January 28, 2012

For Immediate Release: January 28, 2012
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul LePage issued the following proclamation declaring June 20, 2012 to be American Eagle Day:

"WHEREAS, the Bald Eagle was designated as the U.S.A.�s National Emblem on June 20th, 1782 by our Country�s Founding Fathers at the Second Continental Congress; and

WHEREAS, the Bald Eagle is unique 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 logos of many branches of the U.S. Government, including the Presidency, Congress, Defense Department, 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 a significant role in the beliefs, traditions, religions, lifestyles and heritage of Americans from all walks of life, including U.S. military service men/women, American youth, conservation, educational, outdoors, nature, sportsman, wildlife, political and sports organizations; and

WHEREAS, the Bald Eagle�s image, meaning and symbolism have played a significant role in American art, music, literature, architecture, commerce, education, culture; and on United States stamps, currency and coinage; and

WHEREAS, the Bald Eagle was once endangered with possible extinction, and is making a gradual and encouraging comeback to America�s skies; and

WHEREAS, the Bald Eagle was federally classified as an �endangered species� in the lower 48 states under the Endangered Species Act in 1973, and was upgraded to a less imperiled �threatened� status under that Act in 1995; and

WHEREAS, the Department of Interior and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service delisted the Bald Eagle from Endangered Species Act protection in 2007, but will continue to be protected under the Bald & Golden Eagle Act of 1940 and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918; and

WHEREAS, the recovery of the U.S.A.�s Bald Eagle population was largely accomplished due to the vigilant efforts of numerous caring agencies, corporations, organizations and citizens,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAUL R. LEPAGE, do hereby recognize June 20th 2012 as


throughout the State of Maine, and urge all citizens to recognize this observance."

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