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Today, June 20th is known as American Eagle Day. On this day we observe that:

  • June 20, 1782, is when the bird was added to the official Seal of the United States.
  • On the front side of the Great Seal of the United States, a bald eagle is depicted holding an olive branch in its right talon and 13 arrows in its left. The olive branch and arrows symbolize the United States' commitment to peace and its readiness for war. 13 arrows refer to the original 13 states.
  • The bald eagles hold significant value in many Native American cultures and religions, where the bird signifies freedom, strength, honesty, wisdom, and power.
  • The day is also known as National Eagle Day or Bald Eagle Day.
  • The bald eagle was brought back from the brink of extinction in the mid-1990s after a nationwide conservation and protection effort. The numbers of these majestic birds of prey fell down to 400 in the 1960s.
  • The first American Eagle Day was proclaimed in 1995. Since then 41 American states have made the day an official observance. From 2007 onwards, the US Senate has also passed resolutions to mark June 20 of the year as American Eagle Day.
  • On June 20th each year, conservation and educational organizations hold public outreach programs such as workshops and informational sessions to raise awareness about the importance of protecting and preserving bald eagles and other wildlife.
  • The holiday is sometimes known as Bald Eagle Day or National Eagle Day.